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Spyware Scandal Outrages Germany

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Dirk Engling, spokesperson for Chaos Computer Club, works on his computer in the CCC's offices in Berlin on October 12, 2011. The screen shows the control software for the Trojan spyware allegedly made by the German authorities (R) monitoring the traffice on a remote computer (L). The computer club and German hacker organization claims to have cracked spying software allegedly used by German authorities. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

BERLIN, Germany -- It's the stuff of modern nightmares.

A seemingly innocuous email plants malicious spyware on your computer, allowing strangers to not only access your private communications but also to spy on you in your own home.

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