According to German Web site Der Spiegel, the German foreign intelligence agency BND has supposedly been spying on computer systems around the world in the past couple of years.
Everyone does it. Why not governments?
Apparently, BND has been copying hard drives and installing key loggers (Trojan horse software that can steal everything you type and do on your computer). This brings up security concerns for us and our organizations, as well as for the BND.
With the marked increase in computer usage in the past two decades, and with more information sources and communication channels moving to the Internet, intelligence gathering has been adapting accordingly, which should not be a surprise to any of us. The BND is no different; it was simply "caught," compromised by leaks to the press.