The H Security reports that Germany's Customs Investigation Bureau recently posted a job listing seeking developers to work on government-sponsored malware.

"The job placement ad reveals that the law enforcement agency is currently looking to recruit two people to work on telecommunications interception at the source of the messages ... at its head office in Cologne; the position is to be filled as soon as possible," the article states. "The role principally involves 'planning, operating and optimising a modern telecommunications network' designed to eavesdrop on internet telephone calls."

"Applicants are required to possess a college degree, have at least three years of experience in computer science or communications engineering, practical experience in software modeling, and good communication and organizational skills," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Technical knowledge in IT security for Windows, Linux and OS X is also required."

"German media reported last year that the malware has been used 'over 50 times' as part of criminal investigations," writes Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar. "However, the German government said just last month ... that the older version, which was purchased from a German software company, was no longer in use by federal authorities. The job ad appears to be part of the government’s efforts to develop new spyware in-house."