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 FinFisher surveillance software

FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is surveillance software marketed by Gamma International, a software firm with a UK-based branch Gamma International Ltd in Andover, United Kingdom, and a Germany-based branch Gamma International GmbH in Munich which markets the spyware through law enforcement channels. Gamma International is a subsidiary of the Gamma Group, specializing in surveillance and monitoring, including equipment, software and training services, reportedly owned by William Louthean Nelson through a shell corporation in the British Virgin Islands. Controversy has resulted from it having been marketed to government security officials who were told it could be covertly installed on suspects' computers through exploiting security lapses in the update procedures of non-suspect software. Egyptian dissidents who ransacked the offices of Egypt's secret police following the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reported they discovered a contract with Gamma International for €287,000 for a license to run the FinFisher software.


The Remote Monitoring and Deployment Solutions are used to access target Systems to give full access to stored information with the ability to take control of target systems' functions to the point of capturing encrypted data and communications. When used in combination with enhanced remote deployment methods, the Government Agencies will have the capability to remotely deploy software on target systems.
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“The company behind FinFisher has built a multimillion-dollar business around this spyware — so it comes as no surprise that they put a much bigger effort into hiding and obfuscation than most common cybercriminals,” comments Filip Kafka, ESET malware analyst who leads the analysis of FinFisher.
FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, has a history of being used in surveillance campaigns, both against legitimate targets and against political opposition in countries with oppressive regimes. Despite that, the latest thorough analyses dealt with samples from as long ago as 2010. Since then, FinFisher's ...

The hackers used generic Windows malware, as well as commercial spyware made by the infamous government contractor FinFisher. But they also developed their own custom-made malware for Android, dubbed Pallas, according to the report. One of the most interesting things about Dark Caracal is that it ...
Increasingly, researchers discovered that the spies had built their own custom mobile spy tools that were less sophisticated than FinFisher but as effective in getting the intelligence they were after. Martin J. Muench, the managing director of Gamma International, has told The New York Times that his ...
New campaigns featuring FinFisher are underway with new infection enablers: internet service providers (ISPs), researchers at ESET warned. FinFisher, sometimes called FinSpy, is a well-known spyware program that has been used by nation-states to spy on citizens.
New surveillance campaigns utilizing FinFisher, infamous spyware known also as FinSpy and sold to governments and their agencies worldwide, are in the wild. Besides featuring technical improvements, some of these variants have been using a cunning, previously-unseen infection vector with strong ...

There's evidence that some of these countries continue to purchase foreign surveillance technologies, including malware platforms such as those made by FinFisher, Hacking Team, or one of their now many competitors; and malware companies continue to attract clients. However, the spearphishing ...
The cyber-gang behind the now defunct FinFisher man–in-the-middle attacks has switched over to using a new spyware dubbed StrongPity2 and is now using several popular websites to conduct watering hole attacks to help install this malware. ESET researcher Tomas Kafka reported StongPity2, which is ...
Internet security researchers have found that the famous FinFisher malware has been replaced by a new spyware. Finfisher is also known as FinSpy, is usually sold to governments, nations and intelligence agencies for extended surveillance purposes and can be used to record keystrokes, monitor ...
Security researchers have found that the notorious FinFisher malware has been replaced by a new spyware. Finfisher, also known as FinSpy, is sold to governments, nation states and intelligence agencies for extensive surveillance purposes and can be used for keystroke logging, snooping on webcams, ...
Continuing our research into FinFisher – the infamous spyware known also as FinSpy and sold to governments and their agencies worldwide – we noticed that the FinFisher malware in our previously-documented campaign, which had strong indicators of internet service provider (ISP) involvement, had ...
The cybergang behind the now defunct FinFisher man–in-the-middle attacks has switched over to using a new spyware dubbed StrongPity2 and is now using a several popular websites to conduct watering hole attacks to help install this malware. ESET researcher Tomas Kafka reported StongPity2, which ...
... the latest tactics from the autocratic government of Ethiopia, "the world's first turnkey surveillance state" whose human rights abuses have been entirely enabled with software and expertise purchased on the open market, largely from companies in western countries like Finfisher and Hacking Team.
Citizen Lab already showed that Ethiopia bought spyware from FinFisher and Hacking Team, showing that despite some companies getting exposed for helping governments spy on their citizens, the spyware market is now crowded enough that customers can just switch to a different provider. This new ...
In 2015, the Canadian research group Citizen Lab found that another Gamma-marketed product, FinFisher – professional spyware designed for covert surveillance and access to target's computer equipment, mobile phones and computer networks – was in use in Macedonia. This price list from 2014, released by Wikileaks, ...
AN ADVANCED PERSISTENT THREAT (APT) exploiting a new Adobe Flash zero-day exploit that downloads Gamma FinFisher surveillance software has been uncovered by security vendor Kaspersky. The threat starts with an infected RTF or other Office file, which then triggers an exploit that utilises the ...
Researchers from the cyber security software company Eset have detected surveillance campaigns utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the ...

New surveillance campaigns utilizing the infamous spyware known as FinFisher are in the wild, and there are signs of major ISP involvement in ...
New campaigns featuring FinFisher are underway with new infection enablers: internet service providers (ISPs), researchers at ESET warned.
Another variant of the notorious FinFisher spyware is suspected to be behind several surveillance campaigns against seven countries, and ...
A campaign utilizing a new variant of the government spying software FinFisher has spread, potentially with the help of Internet Service ...
Eine neue Variante der Spionage-Malware FinFisher nutzt einen aufsehenerregenden Infektionsweg: Lokale Internetprovider schleusen als ...
De firma trof een nieuwe variant van FinFisher aan in zeven verschillende landen. In twee van die landen lijken internetproviders mee te ...
New surveillance campaigns utilizing FinFisher, infamous spyware known also as FinSpy and sold to governments and their agencies ...
It's quite possible that Ramaphosa's Gmail accounts were hacked. An intrusive piece of hacking software like Finfisher could do the trick.
We also know that by 2014, South Africa was the third largest named user of intrusive hacking software Finfisher, after Slovakia and Estonia, ...
... believed to be a client of Gamma Group, the UK-based firm that specializes in surveillance and monitoring equipment, such as FinFisher.
Guarnieri has independently studied FINSPY and FinFisher campaigns in the past. “That of course raises the suspicion that it might have been ...
The Spanish National Police Corps has claimed to detain a hacker known as Phineas Fisher. Fisher is known for high-profile breaches of ...
FinFisher, the sophisticated spyware suite sold to government agencies, has been found in a Sydney datacentre, the ABC has reported.
The notorious spyware FinFisher, used to infect mobile phones and computers to place targets under surveillance, has been found in a Sydney ...
The notorious FinFisher spyware is rising in popularity with government agencies across the world and 32 countries have been identified as ...
As The Verge has previously reported, FinFisher is capable of remotely ... The Ugandan government purchased FinFisher in 2012, documents ...
FinFisher had become a kind of bogeyman in the security community since brochures advertising the software's capabilities popped up in a ...
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: 'Why does the Merkel government continue to protect FinFisher?' Photograph: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA.
The company that makes and sells the world's most elusive cyber weapon, FinFisher spyware, has been hacked and a 40G file has been ...
FinFisher, sometimes also called FinSpy, is a spy Trojan designed to covertly infiltrate targeted computers, monitor communications, and gather ...
Companies like Hacking Team and FinFisher, which create spying software for governments and intelligence agencies, covet vulnerabilities that have yet to be disclosed.
Many of the targeted countries were listed as customers in the leaks of both Finfisher and Hacking Team, which suggests they likely have yet to fully mature and develop their own internal cyber capabilities.
"Many of the targeted countries were listed as customers in the leaks of both Finfisher and Hacking Team, which suggests they likely have yet to fully mature and develop their own internal cyber capabilities," Cylance researchers noted.
"Many of the targeted countries were listed as customers in the leaks of both Finfisher and Hacking Team, which suggests they likely have yet to fully mature and develop their own internal cyber capabilities.
According to a 2012 report from the New York Times, the makers of FinSpy - a British company once called Gamma Group that's now known as FinFisher GmbH - have claimed to sell the monitoring software to governments solely for criminal investigations.
The attachment contained the FinSpy program; spyware that is sold exclusively to government agencies by controversial software company FinFisher. Normally foreign governments are immune from lawsuits like this, but Kidane and his lawyers applied a ...
Hacking Team was a classic example of selling spyware tools to nefarious actors, while FinFisher (AKA FinSpy) was a high-end surveillance suite sold to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
It's produced by the German-based company FinFisher GmbH (formerly a division of the international outfit, Gamma Group).
Hacking Team was a classic example of selling spyware tools to nefarious actors, while FinFisher (AKA FinSpy) was a high-end surveillance suite sold to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Italy's Hacking Team, Germany's FinFisher, and Israel's NSO Group are just some of a handful of firms that market such wares exclusively to governments, promising them a relatively cheap and easy way to track wrongdoers and catch criminals.
Researchers traced the digital weapon back to its creator, an Israeli security firm named the NSO Group - a global surveillance competitor to known spyware vendors like FinFisher and Hacking Team. Shortly after the security firm's findings were ...
The hack bears resemblance to previous attacks on FinFisher in 2014 and Hacking Team in 2015. Both companies sell software to government agencies that is designed to hack computers and cellphones.
Finfisher is a spyware type commonly used by law enforcement agencies all over the world. This high-end surveillance suite offers a wide range of services to spy on internet users all over the world.


 

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