Police have been ordered to release a software programme that was designed to monitor internet traffic.
The police said the “spyware” had been discovered when they had searched a home and a police search warrant was issued for the computer.
It is believed the software was found to be used by police to monitor and gather information about web activity.
It was also used to access computer data from computers on a home network, the police said.
Officers said they could not release details of the software due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.
It can be used to collect data from any computer connected to the internet, including those that are not connected to an internet service provider.””
The file contains a computer software called Spyware that is designed to record computer activity, including IP addresses and passwords.”
It can be used to collect data from any computer connected to the internet, including those that are not connected to an internet service provider.
“When the device is on, the Spyware sends information to the server that is running a search engine, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft Bing.”
The software, which is also known as ‘Rigid-Signature Analysis’, is believed to have been used to obtain data on the identity of individuals who used a website.
It was first discovered by a colleague, who had a computer forensic specialist installed on it.
He used a software tool to trace the path to the Spyfish and to find the IP address, meaning he could access and read data about the computers.
The Metropolitan Police said the software “allows a police officer to collect the IP addresses of computers connected to their internet connection, or to analyse and gather data about their traffic”.
“This is very useful for investigating crime, particularly for investigating serious crimes such as child sexual exploitation,” the spokesperson said.
“However, the use of this software is of a sensitive nature, and we have asked the user to leave the software running on the device.
In the future, we will be investigating whether this software has been used inappropriately.”
Police have been given an order to release the software under the Terrorism Act.
“We are currently reviewing the software for any potential security implications,” a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said, adding: “We will release a further statement once we have reviewed it more closely.”