Human Rights Activists Launch Free Tool To Detect Government Surveillance

Amnesty International and a coalition of human rights and technology organizations including Digitale Gesellschaft, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy Internationalhave launched a new tool – Detekt – to help journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for major known surveillance spyware used by governments.

The software’s “readme” file explains:

Detekt is a Python tool that relies on Yara, Volatility and Winpmem to scan the memory of a running Windows system (currently supporting Windows XP to Windows 8 both 32 and 64 bit and Windows 8.1 32bit). Detekt tries to detect the presence of pre-defined patterns that have been identified through the course of our research to be unique identifiers that indicate the presence of a given malware running on the computer. Currently it is provided with patterns for FinFisher FinSpy and HackingTeam RCS.

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Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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