Bits Blog: Researchers Find 25 Countries Using Surveillance Software


New York Times Online

Nicole Perlroth

Berkeley computer science doctoral student Bill Marczak and fellow security researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire, from the University of Toronto, have found evidence that 25 governments are using software called "FinSpy" to spy on their citizens. Their investigation began nearly a year ago, when they were asked to investigate suspicious e-mails sent to some Bahraini activists. The "FinSpy" software they found in the emails can take images of computer screens, record Skype chats, turn on cameras and microphones, and log keystrokes. The British company that sells the software says it is for governments to use exclusively for criminal investigations.


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