Skype monitoring, Gmail hacks, and fake iTunes updates: How 'spy agencies' track you

Skype monitoring, Gmail hacks, and fake iTunes updates: How 'spy agencies' track you

Summary: The private sector makes billions in revenue through sales of its covert technologies to state agencies. But what can the technology actually do?

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  • FinFireWire allows the 'agent' to covertly unlock a password-protected computer. From here, the previously mentioned FinSpy can be installed on the target computer, giving headquarters full access to the infected machine.

  • FinFly USB allows broad snooping on a range of machines. The 'agent' can visit multiple Internet café's, and insert a USB drive on all machines.

  • If the 'target' uses one of the infected machines, all of their activity will be recorded, including Skype conversations. This is functionality that even the U.S. National Security Agency has reportedly had difficult with; intercepting the peer-to-peer infrastructure that Microsoft recently acquired.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Apple, Browser, Collaboration, Google

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  • RE: Skype monitoring, Gmail hacks, and fake iTunes updates: How 'spy agencies' track you

    Well, some very old advice works here: If you don't want anyone to see it, do not put it on the internet. EVERY IP your data goes thru (up to 30, sometimes) is a potential place to sniff out data by anyone at every one of those nodes. It isn't the police most of you should worry about.
    tom@...
  • RE: Skype monitoring, Gmail hacks, and fake iTunes updates: How 'spy agencies' track you

    Seems like a great way to waste taxpayer dollars.
    nshampo
  • RE: Skype monitoring, Gmail hacks, and fake iTunes updates: How 'spy agencies' track you

    Go Bonkers with this folks! Who cares if all the ice caps melt, and say, we DIE!!
    nbaztec
  • Jeez, I hope they don't find out...

    I am an EAA member, read library books, *and* have three bank accounts :-o
    What the ...!
  • RE: Skype monitoring, Gmail hacks, and fake iTunes updates: How 'spy agencies' track you

    That's it! I am going to find a way to encode all of my communications using Valley Girl talk.
    josmyth