Patrick Sensburg, chairman of the Bundestag (German parliament) inquiry into spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA), asked security experts to examine his phone after suspecting he might have been hacked – only for it to be tampered with in the post:
- Die Welt reported on Wednesday that Christian Democratic Union (CDU) MP Sensburg's encrypted Blackberry Z30 wasn't working properly in February.
Parliamentary officials immediately packed it in a lead-lined container (to block wireless signals) and sent it for testing at the Federal Office of IT Security (BSI) in Bonn by ordinary DHL parcel post.
It was the first time an MP's phone had had to be transported in this way.
But the Bundestag confirmed to Die Welt that the BIS found the signal-proof container had been opened before the phone arrived at their offices.