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FinFisher: UK spy tech used against Bahraini activists

A UK-based company’s surveillance software has been used by the Al Khalifa regime to spy on Bahraini activists, London High Court documents show.

According to the witness statement of Ala’a Shehabi, a British-Bahraini activist and a founding member of Bahrain Watch organization, she received emails containing a product called FinFisher (or FinSpy), distributed by British company Gamma International, causing her computer system to be under secret surveillance.

British technology firm’s FinFisher suite of software products are believed to target individuals’ devices and relay information back to the sender, including the contents of emails, Skype conversations and address books.

Shehabi was arrested in April 2012 during the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain and later released.

Earlier in February, a number of campaign groups including Privacy International said the Gamma International has breached Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises by exporting a spy technology to the Bahraini regime to crush peaceful pro-democracy protests.

The UK government is considered as one of the most supportive of the Al Khalifa monarchy and it has licensed nearly £13 million worth of weapons to Bahraini regime between 2008 and 2012.

The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011, when the people started holding massive demonstrations against the Al Khalifa regime, which promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states to help quash the revolt.

Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds including doctors and nurses.

Solidarity with the people struggling against the Al Khalifa regime and the British imperialists – Social war is international.

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This entry was posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 1:55 am and is filed under Social Control.