Al Jazeera: Exclusive: Spyware firms in breach of global sanctions
Undercover investigation exposes inner workings of spy equipment companies selling to clients from sanctioned countries.
Spy equipment producers are breaking laws and circumventing international sanctions by agreeing to sell stock to countries known for human rights abuses, and to clients who do not declare the end user – meaning surveillance tools could easily fall into the hands of armed groups, corporations, governments cracking down on dissent, or opposition leaders, an exclusive investigation by Al Jazeera reveals.
During "Spy Merchants", a four-month undercover operation, Al Jazeera secretly filmed representatives of two Italian companies and one Chinese business agreeing to sell spyware that is capable of tracking millions of people online and able to intercept phone calls and text messages without anyone finding out.
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WNU Editor: I am surprised that this story has not been fully documented and reported on by the Western press .... because it is a big story. If you have an hour, the above video is a must see.