SA hosts spy software

2013-05-03 13:07
A report has found that SA is one of several countries that host malware used to track dissent. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

A report has found that SA is one of several countries that host malware used to track dissent. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A report has found that SA is one of several countries that host malware used to track dissent.

According to a report on Business Insider, FinSpy software can be used by governments to monitor dissent and individuals that regularly change their location or use encrypted communications channels.

The report was compiled by The Citizen Lab, a digital research laboratory at the University of Toronto and it identified 36 countries that are used to host the FinFisher Command & Control Servers which harvest the data gathered by the software.

Users of mobile phones are not immune from having their data compromised as the FinFisher company also offers a mobile version that can lift information from phones, even it is encrypted.

In April, Google revealed that government around the world are ratcheting up their efforts to gain access to user information and censor information on the internet.

According to Google, government requests to remove information jumped from 1 811 to 2 285 in its Transparency report.

"In more places than ever, we've been asked by governments to remove political content that people post on our services," said Google legal director Susan Infantino.

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