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For Sale: Internet Spying Business Developed For Gaddafi 36

Posted by Soulskill
from the owner-only-drove-it-on-sundays-and-the-other-days dept.
itwbennett writes "French computer company Bull Group is looking to sell off the Internet spying software business of its subsidiary Amesys. The Eagle system, which was 'designed to build databases supporting lawful interception activities on the Internet,' has an interesting pedigree, having been 'developed for Libya after signing a 2007 contract with the regime there,' according to the WSJ."
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For Sale: Internet Spying Business Developed For Gaddafi

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  • by retroworks (652802) on Friday March 09, 2012 @04:59PM (#39305469) Homepage Journal
    It's never even been used.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 09, 2012 @04:59PM (#39305471)

    If Bill C-11 passes, I imagine the government would love to have a unit like this to police the internets.

  • Even if my "virtuous" country had barred it's companies from working for Teh Eevil, some other not no virtuous country's companies will be more than willing to do the work (and employ it's workers at the same time).

    • by __Paul__ (1570)

      Yeah, because unemployment is so much more important than ethics.

      Fuck it, let's allow our private corporations to supply goods (weapons) and services (intelligence) to terrorist states too. It'll help fix the unemployment problem, and if we don't do it, someone else will!

      • by slick7 (1703596)

        Yeah, because unemployment is so much more important than ethics.

        Fuck it, let's allow our private corporations to supply goods (weapons) and services (intelligence) to terrorist states too. It'll help fix the unemployment problem, and if we don't do it, someone else will!

        Look what happened to Gaddafi, thanks to the Rothschild banksters. Go ahead, use the program, and you'll end up just like him, besides, the Promise software has done and can do more damage than anyone realizes.

      • Damn straight, let capitalism sort it out. It will create jobs, both in the weapons industry as well as the military, and as a side benefit, those military positions get freed up every now and then and have to be restocked with more unemployed people.

        The system works!

  • ...ensues long patent lawsuits from Google and Facebook...
  • by dutchwhizzman (817898) on Friday March 09, 2012 @05:14PM (#39305663)
    It's not like you can't already buy software for that. Most of the suppliers for these have a long list of non disclosed governmental agencies of various countries as their customers. I'm fairly certain most will also have sold their product to regimes that were considered "okay" at the time but fell from grace later on.
  • Pretty sure it would be easy to dissuade a potential buyer, their only review from a satisfied customer was his last video entry to the world.
  • Lucky there is a still huge (and growing) market for that!
  • Since Gaddafi is, you know, sorta dead.

    But luckily, there is no end of customers who want this stuff - and they probably don't even have to look overseas.

  • So, let's get our hands on this. Maybe the EFF will jump in and we can turn the steering wheel. It most probably has been developed to spy on fellow citizens and suppress their human rights, but who said billion dollar companies would have them? ;-) We could use it to find out, what Grand Inquisitors Google and Facebook is doing exactly with our data.

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