Software Meant to Fight Crime Is Used to Spy on Dissidents
By: Nicole Perlroth
Friday, 31 Aug 2012
Morgan Marquis-Boire works as a Google [GOOG 685.09 3.41 (+0.5%) ] engineer and Bill Marczak is earning a Ph.D. in computer science. But this summer, the two men have been moonlighting as detectives, chasing an elusive surveillance tool from Bahrain across five continents.
What they found was the widespread use of sophisticated, off-the-shelf computer espionage software by governments with questionable records on human rights. While the software is supposedly sold for use only in criminal investigations, the two came across evidence that it was being used to target political dissidents.