Surveillance state

In Video – Computer hacking

 

Private companies are selling software that allows government security agencies to hack into any mobile phone, computer or laptop, and watch everything the user does on it, without their knowledge.

So-called ‘Trojan’ software can be installed through email attachments, or by sending fake updates to popular software. Once installed, the Trojan allows everything the target does on their computer to be monitored, including their internet searches, Facebook updates, sent and received email, and even their Skype calls.

This video showcases material from two companies – Hacking Team and SS8 – which offer this technology.