This Powerful Spy Software Is Being Abused By Governments Around The World

Thursday, May 2, 2013
By Paul Martin

Michael Kelley
Mar 2 2013

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.

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