How to detect government spyware

Human rights group Amnesty International released free software on Thursday that allows users to determine if their computers are bugged by government intelligence agencies.

The program, Detekt, was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target, Amnesty said.

“Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists’ private emails and remotely turn on their computer’s camera or microphone to secretly record their activities,” said Marek Marczynski of Amnesty International. ( source )


Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of known surveillance spyware used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world.

If you suspect you are at risk of surveillance, learn how to use Detekt here.


Last week, Mitch McConnell said he intended to keep the NSA surveillance program in place.  Attempts by civil libertarians on both the right and the left have every reason to be skeptical of government claims that the program has too many built-in safeguards to be abused.

Sharyl Attkinson’s book paints a much different picture, however.  Especially with an Administration that is willing to use the levers of government to go after not only political enemies, but anyone who might paint them in an unfriendly light.

3 Responses

  1. If one is using Windows or Mac they are just being lazy about their computer security.
    Download a free Linux Os(I use ubuntu 14.04lts), burn it on a disc and boot up your computer with the disc in and when your screen asks what you want to do…boot Windows or boot from disc, boot from disc.
    Play around with it and get to know the differences. If you like it you can install it and create a partition with your old OS on one side and your Linux on the other and you can choose which one you want to use.
    No security issues with Linux, no anti-virus needed, no anti-malware/spyware, etc. There are no hourly/daily security patches and no automatic updates, any time an update is available you have to authorize it so they can’t sneak in the back door even if they could write the code.

  2. I’m becoming so suspicious of everybody and everything that I wonder whether detekt might not be a spyware program in itself.

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