Weapons of Mass Surveillance: the international cyber arms trade giving governments the tools to spy on their citizens. “It used to be ‘walls have ears’, now it’s ‘smartphones have ears’”. Activist
The digital age has revolutionised the way we live our lives, giving us the tools to connect with people and share information in ways that would have previously been impossible. But this same technology has also given governments the ability to spy on their citizens on an astonishing scale. “Every country willing to write a pay check to the right party can do this sort of surveillance but no one wants to admit it.” Cyber security specialist
Cyber surveillance technology enables governments to collect, catalogue and analyse the communications of millions of people. “You’d be able to intercept any internet traffic. If you wanted to do a whole country, go ahead.” Former cyber security employee
This BBC investigation reveals a shadowy international trade in this cyber weaponry.