"For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying": Citizen Lab on role of Gamma International's "FinFisher" technology in many countries - reportedly used by govts. for surveillance of human rights advocates

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5 August 2013

Gamma Group did not respond to: For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying: Citizen Lab on role of Gamma Intl.'s "FinFisher" technology - reportedly used by many govts. for surveillance of human rights advocates.

8 May 2013

For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying

Author: Citizen Lab

...We have identified FinFisher Command & Control servers in 11 new Countries. Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Panama, Lithuania, Macedonia, South Africa, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bulgaria, Austria...Our previous research uncovered evidence that FinFisher (commercial network intrusion malware) developed by UK-based company Gamma International was targeting activists in Bahrain. It analyzed mobile variants of the FinFisher suite. It also exposed the use of commercial surveillance malware developed by Italy-based company Hacking Team to target a dissident in the United Arab Emirates. Most recently, we documented the global proliferation of FinFisher command and control servers. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Gamma Intl. to respond - it did not respond]

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3 May 2013

Global Coalition Of NGOs Call To Investigate & Disable FinFisher’s Espionage Equipment in Pakistan

Author: Signatories as of 3 May: ARTICLE 19, Association For Progressive Communications, Access Now, Bolo Bhi, Centre For Democracy & Technology, Centre For Peace & Development Initiatives, Christopher Parsons,Chunri Chuopaal, Digital Rights Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, Global Voices Advocacy, Index On Censorship, Intermedia Pakistan, Individual Land Pakistan, Jacob Appelbaum (The Tor Project), Leila Nachawati, Privacy International, Reporters Without Borders, Renata Avila (Human Rights & IP lawyer), Simon Davies (Privacy Surgeon), Institute for Research Advocacy and Development Pakistan, The Internet Democracy Project India, Nawaat

We express our dismay and condemnation over the presence of a FinFisher Command and Control server on a network operated by the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTLD’s)...

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2 May 2013

Mozilla furious as disguised spyware used against pro-democracy activists

Author: Jennifer O’Mahony, Telegraph [UK]

Developed by Hampshire-based Gamma International, software known as 'Finfisher' was installed unknowingly by users in at least 36 countries, misrepresenting itself as a programme named Firefox.exe, identical to the programme name of the Firefox internet browser. Finfisher can grab stills of computer screens, record keystrokes and Skype chats, and remotely switch on cameras to film users at work, but does not infect the broswer itself. Mozilla announced yesterday it had sent a cease and desist letter to Gamma International, "demanding that these illegal practices stop immediately" and referring to the use of Firefox's brand and trademarks to trick users into downloading Finfisher as "abuse".

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