Corporate spies invade our privacy

In Nerds only, Polytricks on September 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’m not talking about the admittedly horrible invasion of our online privacy by criminal gang’s malware.  I’m talking about the illegal government invasion of our privacy online.  Everyone praised the benefits of social media in overthrowing dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt etc. during the Arab Spring.  Then we found out that the Egyptian dictatorship was using British spyware to totally invade every Egyptians privacy online by hacking into their Facebook accounts, email accounts, Skype messages and even stealing their passwords via keystroke loggers.  Nevertheless the Egyptian military regime soon lost control and ended up shutting down the internet in a desperate effort to stop the rebellion.

But what about in the West?  How do western governments  illegally spy on their own populations?  Well this is where the domestic corporate spyware corporations come in.  Firstly, there are  car licence plate scanning softwares that keeps a permanent database of our licence plate.  Then there IMSI catchers, a mobile tool that the state uses to identify cell phone users in a crowd.  Then there are deep packet sniffers, software that governments are forcing ISP’s to install on their network to snoop on everyone’s web browsing.

If that doesn’t concern you then there is this disturbing revelation from WikiLeaks.   Turns out that ‘surveillance corporations’ have been happily selling dictatorships around the world the means to spy on all online activity of their citizens.   So forget about Skype, PGP, etc.  All hacked by corporate trojan horses installed in the network or by vans parked outside your house.

Forget about passwords and user accounts.  All hacked by keystroke loggers installed when you click to update your browser or your anti-virus software.  Yes, this is the method of choice by these spy corporations.

Those innocuous update windows could be the vector to install corporate spy programs on your computer, thereby totally invading your privacy.  The following video shows how its all done, (notice the use of misleading terms like “The Headquarter” (sic), “The Target” and “The Agent”).

  1. […] International to dictatorships like Egypt and Tunisia to spy on its rebelling citizens.   I posted the Wikileaks FinFisher training videos last autumn.   They are chilling.  Use of encryption for internet privacy is bypassed by trojans […]

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