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FinFisher spy kit’s C&C servers are popping up around the world

Some two months ago, Reporters Without Borders have identified UK-based Gamma International as one of the “enemies of the Internet” due to their FinFisher spyware tool kit being used by a number of oppressive governments. In 2012, Rapid7 researchers discovered a number of C&C servers around the world that responded being contacted by the malware, but it was impossible to tell if they belonged to governments. Toronto-based Citizen Lab’s latest report shows that the number … More

Who are the enemies of the Internet?

In their latest report on online surveillance, Reporters Without Borders have named Bahrain, China, Iran, Syria and Vietnam as “state enemies” of the Internet due of their continuous and intensive efforts at spying on journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders and political dissidents. The French-based international non-governmental organization that advocates freedom of the press and freedom of information also considers five big private-sector companies as “corporate enemies,” because they sell products that are liable to be … More

Week in review: 1m Apple IDs leaked, and Google hackers behind zero-day attacks

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news, reviews and articles: The top Internet dangers for kids Data received from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) show that alerts from the Parental Control component are triggered most frequently by the “Pornography, erotic materials’, “Social networks’ and “Illegal software’ categories. Secure operating system Qubes officially released Qubes OS will make users as secure as they are able to make themselves by choosing the right security … More

FinFisher commercial spyware toolkit goes mobile

The existence of FinFisher, a commercial spyware toolkit created by UK-based Gamma Group International, has recently grabbed the attention of the general public when two security researchers from Toronto released the results of the analysis of FinSpy, a module that is part of the toolkit and gets installed on PCs. The samples for the analysis were provided by two pro-democracy Bahraini activists who received them via faked emails, and the analysis revealed that FinSpy is … More

Week in review: Shamoon attacks, automated hacking, Assange granted asylum in Ecuador

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news, podcasts, reviews, videos and articles: Scientists create algorithm for tracking down sources of online attacks Swiss researcher Pedro Pinto and his team from the ?‰cole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have revealed a new strategy for localizing the source of threat diffusion in complex networks. Microsoft and NYPD unveil new centralized surveillance system New York City and Microsoft have joined forces and developed a new … More

Who is using the commercial cyberespionage tool FinFisher?

Malware development has long stopped being the exclusive domain of individuals and groups looking for strictly fame or money. As years passed and everybody and everything went online, governments and intelligence agencies have also discovered the immense possibilities of using legal (or not) malware to spy on its potential enemies. Sometimes they backed the development of the malware directly – as, it seems, happened with the creation of Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame and the recent Gauss … More

Should antivirus vendors block state malware?

The question was raised by security firm F-Secure after the news that documents found in the recently raided Headquarters of the Egyptian State Security revealed that its Investigation Department had received offers for a spying software framework and tools by a German company. It is still unknown if the documents are legitimate, and if they are, whether the offer was accepted by the Egyptian State Security. Setting that aside for a moment, F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen … More