Tom Espiner reports:
The Home Office on Friday said it was working with the European Parliament on plans to extend police powers to conduct remote searches of computers. UK police already have the power to hack into suspect systems without a warrant, due to an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act, which came into force in 1995.
However, security vendors Kaspersky Labs and Sophos told silicon.com sister site ZDNet UK they would not make any concession in their protective software for the police hack.
Kaspersky Labs said this week it would block all attempts to access its customers’ systems, regardless of the agency attempting the entry.
David Em, Kaspersky’s UK senior technology consultant, said: “Ultimately, we are politically neutral but we consider it our duty to protect our customers.”
Protection from government goons is exactly what customers need.