Government snoops bemoan those pesky cybersecurity firms


Boston’s cybersecurity cluster, take note: You may not be very popular with government snoopers.

The Wall Street Journal today reports that security software makers are being blamed for thwarting surveillance efforts by governments around the world.

My favorite example from the article:

…a Qatar agency bemoaned that it couldn’t “install the infection file” if the target used an antivirus program from Avast Software s.r.o. That is what Avast’s software is supposed to do, said Vincent Steckler, chief executive of the Czech company.

The revelations are based on leaked documents from German firm FinFisher, whose software helps governments exploit security holes for their snooping initiatives. Among FinFisher’s partners is French firm Vupen, which sells its cybersecurity-bypassing software to US federal agencies.

Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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