Titled "For Their Eyes Only: The Commericalization of Digital Spying," the report focuses on a type of surveillance software called FinSpy that can remotely monitor webmail and social networks in real time as well as collect encrypted data and communications of unsuspecting targets.
In December 2011 WikiLeaks began publishing FinFisher brochures and videos, which tout the software as enabling governments to monitor targets who "regularly change location, use encrypted and anonymous communication channels, and reside in foreign countries."
Another remarkable thing about the FinSpy, Jean Marc Manach of OWNI notes, is that it can take control of any major operating system while none of the top 40 antivirus systems can recognize it. FinFisher also offers a mobile version of its spying system so that authorities can spy on data and communications from mobile phones, even when encrypted.
The researchers conclude that the proliferation of this type of increasingly powerful surveillance equipment "has serious implications not just for dissidents and activists, but for all of us, no matter our citizenship" given the idea that people have a right to secure communications.