Spy vs spy: Spyware found at Hungarian secret service

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

One of Hungary’s biggest daily newspapers is today reporting a fascinating story that has emerged from the country.

According to Népszabadság, the police force have charged a man in connection with the discovery of spyware at the offices of Hungary’s national security office. The Nemzetbiztonsági Hivatal (NBH) are Hungary’s equivalent to the UK’s MI5, having a remit to use surveillance techniques to spy on suspected criminal activity in the country.

The NBH’s investigation into who might have installed the spyware started eight months ago, and has lead them to the offices of UD Vagyonvédelmi, a private security firm which employs many people who used to work in the security services.

János Tóth, the boss of UD, is at the centre of a political storm in Hungary after being linked to a claim by Ibolya Dávid, the female leader of the MDF political party, that…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.