By Tom Espiner
08 Jan 2009
The Home Office on Friday said it was working with the European
Parliament on plans to extend police powers to conduct remote searches
of computers. UK police already have the power to hack into suspect
systems without a warrant, due to an amendment to the Computer Misuse
Act, which came into force in 1995.
However, security vendors Kaspersky Labs and Sophos told ZDNet UK that
they would not make any concession in their protective software for the
Kaspersky Labs said on Tuesday it would block all attempts to access its
customers' systems, regardless of the agency attempting the entry.
"Ultimately, we are politically neutral, but we consider it our duty to
protect our customers," said David Em, Kaspersky's UK senior technology
Cambridge University security expert Richard Clayton told ZDNet UK on
Monday that UK police were most likely to hack into computers by
entering a premises and installing a keylogger on the target system.
This would be more effective than a drive-by download or sending an
email with a malware attachment, as the chances of successful
interception of data were higher, said Clayton. As an alternative,
police could hack into Wi-Fi networks to search systems, he said.
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