Gesellschaft für Freiheistrechte”, and a couple of politicians as well as journalists.
All of them have different goals. While Digitalcourage wants to see the government malware completely gone, the GFF only wants to restrict its usage and make sure it’s only used in extreme cases and that security holes have to be reported.
Travis Witteveen, CEO at Avira, has a very clear statement concerning the sanction and use of government-sanctioned malware: “Software, which uses system weaknesses to manipulate or exploit a system without user notification or acceptance, is considered malicious, regardless of the author.
Governments investing in the discovery of system weaknesses and not publishing them to the vendor of those systems or software are actually supporting criminality, not preventing it.
The German government should use the tax money more appropriately and in order to ensure privacy – not to create additional cyber threats.”