Bahrain Watch welcomes partner Privacy International’s legal action on government surveillance

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Yesterday Privacy International (PI) filed a criminal complaint with the UK National Cyber Crime Unit, asking them to investigate the targeting of three UK-based Bahrainis with Gamma International’s FinFisher computer spyware.  The complaint was based on a Bahrain Watch analysis of leaked communications between Gamma and the Bahraini Government, which revealed that the Government had… Read more »

Bahrain Watch Issues Urgent Advice for Activists to Stop Using @Zello Due to Security Flaw

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Bahrain Watch understands that the Zello Walkie Talkie mobile app is widely used by youth activists in Bahrain.  The app allows users to create groups (called channels), and then exchange audio messages from the group.   We are greatly concerned by reports that 15 individuals who were members of three different Zello channels were arrested… Read more »

Bahrain Government Hacked Lawyers and Activists with UK Spyware

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  New evidence has emerged suggesting that the Bahraini government infected the computers of some of the country’s most prominent lawyers, activists and politicians with the malicious FinFisher spy software (also known as FinSpy).  The infections would have enabled the government to steal passwords and files, and spy through an infected computer’s webcam and microphone. … Read more »

Two years before airport arrest, @Takrooz was favorite target of #Bahrain Cyber Crime Unit

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On Wednesday, news broke that prolific anti-government Tweep @Takrooz was arrested by authorities upon his return to Bahrain.  His Twitter account, with nearly 18,000 followers and 100,000 tweets, became unavailable after his arrest.  Police charged @Takrooz with “inciting hatred against the regime” for his social media activity.  He was beloved by many for his cowboy… Read more »