WikiLeaks' Spy Files: the corporate side of Gov surveillance

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Useful tools for Harper's proposed leglaized, unmonitored, state internet surveillance.

source:Montral Gazette

WikiLeaks set to out Canadian companies in Spy Files

By Jordan Press, Postmedia News December 2, 2011

The industry, WikiLeaks says, numbers about 160 companies in 25 countries. Companies in the unregulated industry develop technologies that allow governments, law enforcement and intelligence services to track and monitor citizens through their mobile phones, email accounts and web browser history, it says.
The three companies listed on the Spy Files website are Vineyard Networks, AdvancedIO and Sandvine. None has been named in any documents WikiLeaks released in its first batch of documents that were posted Thursday.
Of the companies listed by Wikileaks, 86 sell Internet monitoring products, 62 focus on telephone surveillance and 20 have products for capturing text messages.

There are also 14 that do GPS tracking, WikiLeaks says on its website.

Seven of the companies allegedly are involved in what WikiLeaks describes as "cyber-war offensives," by selling programs and tools that allow a user to take control of computers remotely without the owner's knowledge by bypassing regular anti-virus programs....

WikiLeaks' Spy Files shed light on the corporate side of government surveillance
By Amar Toor posted Dec 2nd 2011 9:35AM

WikiLeaks' latest batch of documents hit the web this week, providing the world with a scarily thorough breakdown of a thoroughly scary industry -- government surveillance. The organization's trove, known as the Spy Files, includes a total of 287 files on surveillance products from 160 companies, as well as secret brochures and presentations that these firms use to market their technologies to government agencies. As Ars Technica reports, many of these products are designed to get around standard privacy guards installed in consumer devices, while some even act like malware. DigiTask, for example, is a German company that produces and markets software capable of circumventing a device's SSL encryption and transmitting all instant messages, emails and recorded web activity to clients (i.e., law enforcement agencies). This "remote forensic software" also sports keystroke logging capabilities, and can capture screenshots, as well. Included among DigiTask's other products is the WifiCatcher -- a portable device capable of culling data from users linked up to a public WiFi network. US-based SS8, Italy's Hacking Team and France's Vupen produce similar Trojan-like malware capable of documenting a phone or computer's "every use, movement, and even the sights and sounds of the room it is in," according to the publication.....

A German company offers surveillance technology for use against political opponents.

In Russia, a startup company sells equipment to identify a single targeted voice in digital recordings of thousands of phone calls.

In China, a company boasts software that can crack the security on any Hotmail or Gmail account.

Welcome to the global marketplace for spy technology.

Specialized equipment and secret techniques that just a few years ago were the exclusive preserve of electronic government spy bureaus such as the U.S. National Security Agency are now available to the highest bidders from companies in dozens of countries....


6 December 2011
Lucrative surveillance market fed by desire to hunt down dissidents, reveal WikiLeaks Spy Files

(RSF/IFEX) - 2 December 2011 - Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the criminal cooperation between western hi-tech companies and authoritarian regimes, which is receiving renewed attention after the WikiLeaks website yesterday posted the "SpyFiles", a series of documents shedding light on the scale of the 5-billion-dollar international market in mass surveillance and interception.

NOTE: Not the site linked above, but as of the time of this post, the source site, "Reporters Without Borders"  is currently blocked by a Google Warning: "visiting this web site may harm your computer!"
Perhaps targeted with malicious code.