Amnesty Int’l launches tool to detect government snooping
Nov 22: Amnesty international has released a tool that helps journalists and human right activists avoid government internet snooping.Developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri the program called
Developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri the program called Detekt, is being launched in conjunction with the other Non-Governmental-Organisations Digitale Gesellschaft, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy International.
According to Amnesty International, the program can expose spyware programs, which are used by governments to monitor journalists. ” Governments around the World are using cowardly measures to keep attacks on human rights under wrap,” said Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at Amnesty International. He further added that governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that gives them access into human right activists and journalists’ private emails and can remotely turn on their computer’s camera or microphone to secretly record their activities.
He also explained that, the software can detect bugs designed to monitor Skype conversations, which have been used in the past in countries with poor human rights records.
The tool is freely available on the internet. It alerts its users to the fact they are being spied on, giving them the chance to take precautions.
The Oslo Times