Tag Archives: UK

PI legal action informed by Citizen Lab’s FinFisher research

Privacy International has filed a criminal complaint with the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit requesting police investigation into allegations that the computer and telecommunications data of Bahraini democracy activists were subject to unlawful surveillance, which cites reports authored by Citizen Lab on the presence of FinFisher in Bahrain, as well the global proliferation of the software.

Satellite and internet jamming rises as broadcast industry seek to uphold UN Article 19

Source: BBC

At a conference hosted by the BBC today, broadcasters and satellite operators condemned the sharp increase in jamming of broadcasts, and considered what steps can be taken to address the growing threat of intentional blocking of international broadcasts and internet services.

The future of cyberspace, according to the Foreign Secretaries of the U.K. and Hungary

Source: William Hague and János Martonyi, The Independent

This week, Hungary will host a conference to drive this agenda forward “with trust and security for freedom and prosperity”.

U.K. limits spyware that may have targeted dissidents

Source: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

The British government has imposed export controls on U.K.-based Gamma Group’s FinSpy surveillance tool, which can remotely take over computers and phones.

British government admits it started controlling exports of Gamma International’s FinSpy

Source: Privacy International

Privacy International is delighted that the government has recognised the necessity of controlling exports of Gamma International’s technologies.

Consultation on communications data surveillance

Source: Privacy International

Privacy Internationally has submitted two documents to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee reviewing the draft bill on communications data.

Elusive FinSpy spyware pops up in 10 countries

Source: Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times

Security researchers who studied the spyware last month said it can grab images of users’ computer screens, record their Skype chats, remotely turn on cameras and microphones, and log keystrokes.

FinFisher spyware C&C server detected in US

Source: Fahmida Y. Rashid, PCmag.com

FinFisher, a software application used by law enforcement agencies for surveillance, appears to be far more widespred than originally thought.

FinFisher spyware reach found on five continents

Source: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

The FinFisher spyware made by U.K.- based Gamma Group likely has previously undisclosed global reach, with computers on at least five continents showing signs of being command centers that run the intrusion tool.

From Bahrain With Love: FinFisher’s Spy Kit Exposed?

The Citizen Lab announces the publication of a detailed post analyzing several pieces of malware targeting Bahraini dissidents, shared with us by Bloomberg News. The analysis suggests that the malware used is "FinSpy," part of the commercial intrusion kit, Finfisher, distributed by the United Kingdom-based company, Gamma International.