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Wikileaks dropped the bomb - put a spyware download
9/15/2014 4:22 PM
Wikileaks hopes that sharing the program will help develop tools against the software.
Wikileaks has today released FinFisher Spyware on its website for download. FinFisher is a German commercial spyware that runs on OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile. It is uncertain whether the program runs on Windows Phone.
The program routing and data acquisition modules and the data storage component were downloaded. In addition, there is a PC version of the program, which records e-mails, video calls, and Spy on your computer using your microphone and webcam.
Wikileaks explains the reason why its activities are that government spyware is used in many countries to spy on journalists, activists and dissidents.
FinFisher describes its software as "innovative cyber tools for suspect devices that provide valuable intelligence".
Wikileaks boss Julian Assange described the program in the release as follows:
- FinFisher (a company) is openly brazen from Germany selling spyware to many of the world's worst repressive regimes. (Angela) Merkel's government claims to be concerned about privacy, but its actions speak a different language.
Originally part of the English Gamma Group, FinFisher split off at the end of last year.
So far, it is difficult to estimate what the FinFisher download will lead to. At least it will have an impact on the business of the company selling it.
A more serious consequence is that the spyware will spread very quickly. When it is available to anyone, it can be believed to end up quickly for a variety of misuse purposes.
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