The Spy Files,
files released so far...
ADAE - Authority for the Assurance of Communication Security and Privacy (Greece)
ATIS Systems GmbH
ETSI TC LI
Nokia Siemens Networks
Pine Digital Security
Scan & Target
Septier Communication Ltd.
Speech Technology Center
Utimaco Safeware AG
Audio / Video digital recorder
Capture and Recording of All Traffic
GPS Tracking Software
GSM Tactical Interception
IT security & forensic
Intelligence Analysis Software
LI DR DPI ISS
PDA Tracking Software
Session Border Control
Social Network Analysis Software
Strategic / Tactical Interception Monitoring
Strategic Internet Monitoring & Recording
Strategic Surveillance / Recording
TSU training equipment schedule
Tactical Audio Microphone
Tactical Audio Receiver Transmitter
Tactical Audio Recorder
Tactical Audio Transmitter
Tactical Audio Video recorder
Tactical Covert Audio Transmitter over GSM
Tactical Covert Digitl Audio Recorder
Tactical Covert GPS Tracker
Tactical Covert Microphone
Tactical Digital Audio and Video Recorder
Tactical GPS Audio Transmitter
Tactical GPS Tracking
Tactical GSM / 3G Interception
Tactical GSM UMTS Satellite Wifi Interception
Tactical Video recorder
Tactitcal Transceiver for audio video
AGNITIO Speech Recognition
ALTRON AKOR-3 TCSM
ALTRON AMUR Recording Interception
AMESYS ADSL Tactical
AMESYS STRAGEGIC MASSIVE
AMESYS Strategic Interception
CELLEBRITE Mobile Forensic
COBHAM Tactical LI
CRYPTON-M Strategic Internet Traffic Monitoring Recording
DELTA SPA Satellite Interception
DIGITASK LI IP
EBS Electronic GPRS Tracking
ELTA IAI Tactical GSM UMTS Satellite Wifi Interception
EXPERT SYSTEM Analytics
EXPERT SYSTEM Semantic Analytics
FOXIT FoXReplay Analytics Software
FOXIT FoxReplay Covert Analytics Software
FOXIT FoxReplay Personal Workstation Analysis Software
FOXIT FoxReplay Workstation Protection Analysis Software
GLIMMERGLASS Strategic / Tactical Interception Monitoring
GRIFFCOMM GPS Tracker Tactical
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Audio
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Audio Microphone
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Audio Transmitter
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Audio Transmitter Receiver
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Audio Video
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Audio Video Recorder
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Audio Video Transceiver
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Camcorder
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Covert Microphone
GRIFFCOMM Tactical GPS Tracking
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Microphone
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Tracking GPS
GRIFFCOMM Tactical Video recorder
GUIDANCE Incident Response
HACKINGTEAM RCS TROJAN
HP Hewlett Packard LI Monitoring DR DPI ISS
INNOVA SPA TACTICAL
IT security & forensic
LOQUENDO Speech Recognition
NEWPORT NETWORKS LI
NEWPORT NETWORKS VOIP
PAD Tactical GPS Audio Transmitter
PAD Tactical GPS Tracking Audio Transmitter
PHONEXIA Speech Recognition
SEARTECH TACTICAL AUDIO TRANSMITTER
SEARTECH TACTICAL RECEIVER
SHOGI GSM Interception
SIEMENS Monitoring Center
SPEI GPS Tracking Software
SPEI Tactical Audio Transmitter
SPEI Tactical Receiver
SPEI Tactical Tracking GPS
SPEI Tactical Transceiver
SPEI Tracking Software
SS8 IP Interception
SS8 Intelligence Analysis Software
SS8 Social Network Analysis Software
STC Speech Recognition
TELESOFT IP INTERCEPT
THALES Strategic Monitoring
TRACESPAN FIBRE INTERCEPTION
TSU training equipment schedule
UTIMACO LI DPI
UTIMACO LI Monitoring
VASTECH Strategic Interception / Recording / Monitoring
VUPEN EXPLOITS TROJANS
by Date of Document
by Date of Release
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
The Washington Post
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WikiLeaks: The Spy Files
Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries
It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ’political opponents’ are a reality. Today WikiLeaks began releasing a database of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry. Working with Bugged Planet and Privacy International, as well as media organizations form six countries – ARD in Germany, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the UK, The Hindu in India, L’Espresso in Italy, OWNI in France and the Washington Post in the U.S. Wikileaks is shining a light on this secret industry that has boomed since September 11, 2001 and is worth billions of dollars per year. WikiLeaks has released 287 documents today, but the Spy Files project is ongoing and further information will be released this week and into next year.
International surveillance companies are based in the more technologically sophisticated countries, and they sell their technology on to every country of the world. This industry is, in practice, unregulated. Intelligence agencies, military forces and police authorities are able to silently, and on mass, and secretly intercept calls and take over computers without the help or knowledge of the telecommunication providers. Users’ physical location can be tracked if they are carrying a mobile phone, even if it is only on stand by.
But the WikiLeaks Spy Files are more than just about ’good Western countries’ exporting to ’bad developing world countries’. Western companies are also selling a vast range of mass surveillance equipment to Western intelligence agencies. In traditional spy stories, intelligence agencies like MI5 bug the phone of one or two people of interest. In the last ten years systems for indiscriminate, mass surveillance have become the norm. Intelligence companies such as VASTech secretly sell equipment to permanently record the phone calls of entire nations. Others record the location of every mobile phone in a city, down to 50 meters. Systems to infect every Facebook user, or smart-phone owner of an entire population group are on the intelligence market.
Selling Surveillance to Dictators
When citizens overthrew the dictatorships in Egypt and Libya this year, they uncovered listening rooms where devices from Gamma corporation of the UK, Amesys of France, VASTech of South Africa and ZTE Corp of China monitored their every move online and on the phone.
Surveillance companies like SS8 in the U.S., Hacking Team in Italy and Vupen in France manufacture viruses (Trojans) that hijack individual computers and phones (including iPhones, Blackberries and Androids), take over the device, record its every use, movement, and even the sights and sounds of the room it is in. Other companies like Phoenexia in the Czech Republic collaborate with the military to create speech analysis tools. They identify individuals by gender, age and stress levels and track them based on ‘voiceprints’. Blue Coat in the U.S. and Ipoque in Germany sell tools to governments in countries like China and Iran to prevent dissidents from organizing online.
Trovicor, previously a subsidiary of Nokia Siemens Networks, supplied the Bahraini government with interception technologies that tracked human rights activist Abdul Ghani Al Khanjar. He was shown details of personal mobile phone conversations from before he was interrogated and beaten in the winter of 2010-2011.
How Mass Surveillance Contractors Share Your Data with the State
In January 2011, the National Security Agency broke ground on a $1.5 billion facility in the Utah desert that is designed to store terabytes of domestic and foreign intelligence data forever and process it for years to come.
Telecommunication companies are forthcoming when it comes to disclosing client information to the authorities - no matter the country. Headlines during August’s unrest in the UK exposed how Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the Blackberry, offered to help the government identify their clients. RIM has been in similar negotiations to share BlackBerry Messenger data with the governments of India, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Weaponizing Data Kills Innocent People
There are commercial firms that now sell special software that analyze this data and turn it into powerful tools that can be used by military and intelligence agencies.
For example, in military bases across the U.S., Air Force pilots use a video link and joystick to fly Predator drones to conduct surveillance over the Middle East and Central Asia. This data is available to Central Intelligence Agency officials who use it to fire Hellfire missiles on targets.
The CIA officials have bought software that allows them to match phone signals and voice prints instantly and pinpoint the specific identity and location of individuals. Intelligence Integration Systems, Inc., based in Massachusetts - sells a “location-based analytics” software called Geospatial Toolkit for this purpose. Another Massachusetts company named Netezza, which bought a copy of the software, allegedly reverse engineered the code and sold a hacked version to the Central Intelligence Agency for use in remotely piloted drone aircraft.
IISI, which says that the software could be wrong by a distance of up to 40 feet, sued Netezza to prevent the use of this software. Company founder Rich Zimmerman stated in court that his “reaction was one of stun, amazement that they (CIA) want to kill people with my software that doesn’t work."
Across the world, mass surveillance contractors are helping intelligence agencies spy on individuals and ‘communities of interest’ on an industrial scale.
The Wikileaks Spy Files reveal the details of which companies are making billions selling sophisticated tracking tools to government buyers, flouting export rules, and turning a blind eye to dictatorial regimes that abuse human rights.
How to use the Spy Files
To search inside those files, click one of the link on the left pane of this page, to get the list of documents by type, company date or tag.
To search all these companies on a world map use the following tool from Owni