How to Remove Government Sponsored Spyware

imageIn addition to the traditional malware problems that we face from the cyber-criminals that are after your computer, your money, and your identity, we are now faced with a similar threat from governments both foreign and domestic.  How do you know if your computer is under government surveillance? Software developer Claudio Guarnieri, with the support of Amnesty International, the  Electronic Frontier FoundationPrivacy International and Digitale Gesellschaft has created a new product called Detekt that he claims will help uncover government sponsored spyware.  The Detekt website explains the problem this way:

In recent years we have witnessed a huge growth in the adoption and trade in communication surveillance technologies. Such spyware provides the ability to read personal emails, listen-in Skype conversations or even remotely turn on a computers camera and microphone without its owner knowing about it.

Some of this software is widely available on the Internet, while some more sophisticated alternatives are made and sold by private companies based in industrialized countries to state law enforcement and intelligence agencies in countries across the world.

There is little to no regulation currently in place to safeguard against these technologies being sold or used by repressive governments or others who are likely to use them for serious human rights violations and abuses.

So if you are an activist or political dissident, or are otherwise concerned that are the target of government surveillance, this product may be for you.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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