According to a Wikileaks media release dated 15th September, a Singapore company called PCS Security, has purchased a “weaponised German surveillance malware” from a cyber intrusion firm FinFisher.
The malware reportedly is capable of intercepting communication from various computers using Windows, OS X and Linux as well as being able to get communication data from mobile devices running Android, iOS, BlackBerry Windows and Symbian.
The software allegedly does this by exploiting remote monitoring systems. With this access, the software can record online browsing habits, record usernames, passwords, bank details, and any activity conducted by the infected computer.
PCS Security Pte Ltd was started in 1998 in Singapore and it specializes in delivering quality systems for homeland security and Infocomm security.
It explained on its website that they serve the government, trade and commercial sectors.
With the recent call from the government that they would be stepping up their cyber security, it is unknown whether PCS security is providing similar software to the government.
If this is the case, it means the Singapore government has the surveillance software capabilities to constantly monitor the computer use of anyone they want. For those whose devices are infected, the will have no way to get around it but to buy a new computer. Even then, their device may just get remotely infected again.
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According to Wikileaks documents, PCS security spent over S$5.1 million on the licenses for the malware from FinFisher, which would allow it to infect and monitor over 500 computers at once.
Wikileaks, explained that FinFisher has been involved in a slew of privacy breaches for many years and it’s parent company, Gamma group, provides surveillance and monitoring software to intelligence agencies at various State and National levels.
Gamma has offices all around the world and it specializes in the sale of such intrusion and surveillance softwares exclusively to governments and law enforcement agencies.
FinFisher is regarded to be the owners of one of the most sophisticated intrusion malware systems in the world which can remotely infect computers and send back information to the creators of the malware.
There is currently no safe way to circumvent the malware or safely remove it from infected devices.