FinFisher Surveillance malware spreads to smart phones

University of Toronto researchers say a commercial cyber-espionage program marketed as a way for governments to spy on criminals is being used for broader surveillance and can now take over a range of smart phones and other mobile computing devices.

“People are walking around with tools for surveillance in their pockets,” said researcher John Scott-Railton, a doctoral student at the University of California Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the founder The Voices Feeds, which helped activists get around Internet blockages during the Arab Spring.

“These are the tools that can be used to turn on your microphone and turn your phone into a tracking device,” Scott-Railton added.

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