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A French police officer has been charged with using police intelligence data to power a mobile phone service sold via the dark web.

The law enforcement official is accused of running a service that used police data to track mobile devices based on a phone number. He sold the service as a way for people to track their spouses, and also advertised it as a way for criminal gangs to track their rivals, according to prosecutors.

Operating under the username Haurus, the officer allegedly sold the service via a dark web site called the Black Hand. He also advertised sensitive information that criminals could use to forge documents, say reports.

The officer worked for the French General Directorate for Internal Security, which is an intelligence agency that combats espionage, terrorism and cybercrime, said a report from ZDNet, citing a story in French language newspaper Le Parisien this week.

Law enforcement officials said that they were able to link the documents on the Black Hand with the accused thanks to unique codes embedded on police systems that allowed them to track document history. He was charged on 26 September, and faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to €100,000.