from the stop-staring-at-me dept.
Human rights charity Amnesty International has released a tool to detect and remove known government spyware programs. Describing the software as being the first to offer such a service, Amnesty commissioned the tool from prominent German computer security researcher and open source advocate Claudio Guarnieri, aka 'nex'. Acknowledging that the only sure way to prevent governments surveillance of huge dragnets of people is official legislation, Marek Marczynski of Amnesty nevertheless called the tool ( available here ) a useful countermeasure versus spooks. According to the app's instructions, it operates similarly to conventional malware or virus removal programs, though systems must be disconnected from the Internet prior to Detekt scanning.