Wikileaks Spy Files: WiFi Snooping, Skype Monitoring All In A Days Work

Wikileaks Spy Files: WiFi Snooping, Skype Monitoring All In A Days Work

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On Thursday, December 1st, 2011 WikiLeaks began publishing The Spy Files, thousands of pages and other materials exposing the global mass surveillance industry. Sure it’s a stale news, the whole Wikileaks story is slowly getting under radar of media these days. Then again, it’s Christmas time, who needs more gory revelations about Internet (or SkyNet) watching you? Instead of recent cozy and Christmasy assurances that majority of Carrier IQ privacy invaders stopped their nefarious practice voluntarily? Which they might not even consider seriously as a threat.

Wikileaks have released another installment of the Spy Files, allegedly showing how a person can be stripped of any vestiges of his or her privacy with the click of a mouse. Or just without. For those who do not believe they live in a Big Brother land, here’s the sources:

List of documents > by Release Date

# Document Title Company Document Type Date
288 Tactical IT Intrusion Portfolio: FININTRUSION KIT GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
289 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINSPY GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
290 IT Intrusion Training Program: FINTRAINING GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
291 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINSPY MOBILE GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
292 Tactical IT Intrusion Portfolio: FINUSB SUITE GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
293 Tactical IT Intrusion Portfolio: FINFIREWIRE GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
294 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINFLY USB GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
295 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINFLY LAN GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
296 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINFLY WEB GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
297 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINFLY ISP GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
298 Finfisher: Governmental IT Intrusion and Remote Monitoring Solutions GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
299 Finfisher: Governmental IT Intrusion and Remote Monitoring Solutions – Productportfolio GAMMA Brochure 2011-10
300 Tactical IT Intrusion Portfolio: FININTRUSION KIT GAMMA Video 2011-10
301 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINSPY GAMMA Video 2011-10
302 IT Intrusion Training Program: FINTRAINING GAMMA Video 2011-10
303 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINSPY MOBILE GAMMA Video 2011-10
304 Tactical IT Intrusion Portfolio: FINUSB SUITE GAMMA Video 2011-10
305 Tactical IT Intrusion Portfolio: FINFIREWIRE GAMMA Video 2011-10
306 Tactical IT Intrusion Portfolio: FINUSB SUITE GAMMA Video 2011-10
307 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINFLY LAN GAMMA Video 2011-10
308 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINFLY WEB GAMMA Video 2011-10
309 Remote Monitoring & Infection Solutions: FINFLY ISP GAMMA Video 2011-10
310 IT-INTUSION FINFISHER INTRODUCTION ELAMAN GAMMA Brochure 2008-05

Links above give access to documetation for techniques in IT intrusion and spying. Some of these links tagged as “Video”  in Document Type column give simple demonstrations in the form of 3D animations for the  content and functioning of the intrusion kit. Together with a presentation of personnel traing in spying methods, use of WiFi in the hotel lobbies, of USB or Firewire dongles with the intrusion software suite on unattended target computer, etc.

FINSPY MOBILE is a tool used by sending a false update to a Blackberry user which then gives full access of the “target” to the sender of the update.  Similarly, an iTunes update did the same on a Mac OS desktop target.

In principle, the techniques themselves are nothing new, and they are widely used by security specialists to check robustness of information systems when security measures are deployed for an organization, or business. What might be new is the presumed spread of such spying techniques beyond natural and legal customers, such as recognized and certified security firms and agencies. Now, it doesn’t really matter, do you believe this new installment of Spy Files in Wikileaks, or not. The possibility of somebody else than your correspondent on Skype  is watching you is here. Recent Carrier IQ debacle was just a tip of an iceberg.

Orwell was a genius with many present day followers. But if you’re not a terrorist, or a conspirology adept, it’s perfectly nothing to be scared about. Have a nice Christmas! And yes, Santa Claus is watching you.

 

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