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This Powerful Spy Software Is Being Abused By Governments Around The World
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05-03-2013, 02:07 PM #1
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A new report presents overwhelming evidence that sophisticated spying software is being abused by governments around the world.

The findings by The Citizen Lab, a digital research laboratory at the University of Toronto, detail how the software marketed to track criminals is being used against dissidents and human rights activists.

Titled "For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying," the report focuses on a type of surveillance software called FinSpy that can remotely monitor webmail and social networks in real time as well as collect encrypted data and communications of unsuspecting targets.

In December 2011 WikiLeaks began publishing FinFisher brochures and videos, which tout the software as enabling governments to monitor targets who "regularly change location, use encrypted and anonymous communication channels, and reside in foreign countries."

Another remarkable thing about the FinSpy, Jean Marc Manach of OWNI notes, is that it can take control of any major operating system while none of the top 40 antivirus systems can recognize it.

The report caused Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, to send a cease-and-desist letter to UK-based Gamma International, FinFisher's parent company, because it says FinSpy "is designed to trick people into thinking it's Mozilla Firefox."

During the downfall of Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak, dissidents ransacking the offices of Egypt's secret police discovered a contract from Gamma detailing a $380,000 license to run the software for five months.

The Citizen Lab report lays out how the surveillance tech has also been widely used to monitor activists and dissidents in Bahrain.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/countries...z2SE7SvXTg

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05-03-2013, 02:18 PM #2
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This is just the tip of the iceberg, and it will happen more and more. I bet Linux was not affected.

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Lisa Boxx Show this Post
05-03-2013, 05:36 PM #3
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(05-03-2013, 02:18 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  This is just the tip of the iceberg, and it will happen more and more. I bet Linux was not affected.


Linux Mint 14, 64 bit Cinnamon user here.

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05-04-2013, 04:24 AM #4
Capt kwirk Member
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one day govs will have/take full control of your computer

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05-04-2013, 05:28 AM #5
オタマジャクシ Member
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The spy software is not being abused. It is being used for the intended purpose.



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