(SOT82533) Lawful Hacking

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Nicolas Ziegler
Duration2 SWS
TermWintersemester 2023/24
Language of instructionGerman
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline
DatesSee TUMonline

Admission information


Ever since modern encryption technology has existed, intelligence agencies like the NSA have been trying to find ways to break it. Due to the end-to-end encryption of many communication services today, the security authorities fear that their information channels will dry up. The security authorities are trying to counteract this by hacking into the smartphones and PCs of their citizens using the same methods as criminals. The seminar aims to comprehensively examine the phenomenon of "the state as hacker", i.e. "lawful hacking", and to answer the following key questions: Why and how does the state hack? What limits does the german Grundgesetz set? Which authorities are allowed to access citizens' devices and when, and what happens to this data afterwards? In the introductory seminar sessions, the legal foundations of Germany's (cyber) security architecture will be laid before the students work on concrete state measures, their technical functioning and legal permissibility. Within the framework of the seminar, a guest lecture or an excursion by representatives of a security authority is planned. Representatives of the Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector (ZITiS) and the Bavarian Central Office for Combating Extremism and Terrorism (ZET) at the Munich Public Prosecutor's Office have currently been requested.