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. It is important to underline that if Detekt does not find trace of spyware on a computer, it does not necessarily mean that none is present. Some spyware will likely be updated in response to the release of Detekt in order to avoid detection. In addition, there may be existing versions of spyware, from these or other providers, which are not detected by this tool.
In recent years we have witnessed a huge growth in the adoption and trade in communication surveillance technologies. Such spyware provides the ability to read personal emails, listen-in skype conversations or even remotely turn on a computers camera and microphone without its owner knowing about it.
Some of this software is widely available on the Internet, while some more sophisticated alternatives are made and sold by private companies based in industrialized countries to state law enforcement and intelligence agencies in countries across the world.
There is little to no regulation currently in place to safeguard against these technologies being sold or used by repressive governments or others who are likely to use them for serious human rights violations and abuses.
How widely do governments use surveillance technology?
Governments are increasingly using surveillance technology, and targeted surveillance in particular, to monitor the legitimate activities of human rights activists and journalists. Powerful software developed by companies allows governments and intelligence agencies to read personal emails, listen-in on Skype conversations or even remotely turn on a computers camera and microphone without its owner knowing about it.
In many cases, the information they gather through those means is used to detain, imprison and even torture activists into confessing to crimes. It's impossible, however, to give an accurate estimate of how many people are affected by this surveillance spyware. This is because the companies that build and sell such software market themselves on their ability to hide it from users. Recent research has shown that known spyware has been found present in dozens of countries, covering all regions of the world. Detekt is the first public tool that will assist activists, journalists and civil society groups to scan their computers for spyware.
Windows:: Detekt v1.2 (.exe)
Source Code:: https://github.com/botherder/detekt/archive/v1.2.zip
Official Website:: https://resistsurveillance.org/