According to a media report, the BKA has been using the commercially distributed monitoring software FinFisher / FinSpy for several days. The authority had already purchased them in 2013.
The BKA own development can not do much
However, the BKA has two different programs: On the one hand, the already released and self-developed, in its capabilities but very limited RCIS (for Remote Communication Interception Software). On the other hand, the commercially distributed monitoring software FinFisher / FinSpy of the German-British company Elaman / Gamma.
The latter had already bought the BKA in 2013. Because of constitutional concerns, however, it was initially – and the “world” according to today – not used. It is intended to enable investigators to intercept communication data directly on the mobile devices of the monitored persons. This helps investigators avoid the increasingly used encryption of messages through messenger apps such as WhatsApp and Signal.
Criticism of the functional principle
The RCIS, which was developed by the BKA for around 5.7 million euros, had already been officially released by the Ministry of the Interior in February 2016. But so far it has been used in only very few cases, it was said. The software is currently only able to listen to Skype conversations on infected Windows computers, but should be further developed.