Detekt tool aims to tell activists if their PCs are being spied on

Gigaom

A coalition of human rights groups has released a tool called Detekt, for finding known spyware packages. It doesn’t promise a 100 percent hit rate, but it’s supposed to help journalists and activists see if their Windows PCs have been infected with the likes of FinFisher, which has been used everywhere from the U.K. and U.S. to Germany, India and Bahrain.

The groups include Amnesty International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Privacy International and Germany’s Digitale Gesellschaft. Detekt was developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri, who noted that it is not yet supported on the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1.

“Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists’ private emails and remotely turn on their computer’s camera or microphone to secretly record their activities,” Amnesty head of military, security and police Marek Marczynski said in a statement. “They…

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