Enterprises Facilitated through Malware Circulation in Government

On the basis of a review report held for the security aspect of confidential documents of government organizations including dictators for conducting surveillance of criminal suspects by WikiLeaks, it has been revealed that information is being leaked, highlights infosecurity-magazine on December 2, 2011.

The report reviewed 287 documents from 160 companies selling surveillance software.

As stated by WikiLeaks, the surveillance industry is basically unregulated. Intelligence agencies, military forces, and police authorities are facilitated to intercept a call without any intimation of the telecommunication providers. During the last ten years, systems for random check or mass surveillance have been regulated as the norm, reports WikiLeaks.

The remote forensic software designed to aid surveillance by DigiTask is one such example in this context. The Germany-based company, DigiTask is into the supply of software to law enforcement agencies that enables them to evade Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to snoop any suspicious activity.

The software is facilitated to capture the encrypted communications, such as instant messaging conversations, e-mails, and the any Web activity of the user and reveal the information to the party undertaking the theft. The software is also availed with features including key logging, remote file access, and the skill to capture screenshots. As reported by WikiLeaks, the Company refers zero day exploits" and "social engineering" in the form of bulleted list and ensures the ability of its remote forensic software, as highlighted by the WikiLeaks report.

The Company also informs about WifiCatcher, a portable and system designed with an intention to rob the data and analyze them on a public WiFi hotspot. The wireless system can be utilized covertly from a distance. It is also enabled to track nomadic users who keep on moving from one hotspot to another. It is available with packet decoding software, making it easier for a user to monitor all types of communication.

The detail obtained from the latest report by WikiLeaks discusses the surveillance industry in details. As a part of a special investigative project, 'The Surveillance Catalog,' approximately 200 documents from 36 companies are being surveyed. The material released by WikiLeaks incorporates details from the "The Wall Street Journal", but the matter included is quite descriptive.

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