On 18 March, The Malaysian Insider published a report originally sourced from the New York Times stating that the state uses spyware to tap to keep tabs on citizens via images off computer screens, recording video chats, turning on cameras and microphones, and logging keystrokes.
The software used is FinSpy or the FinFisher suite, the report alleges.
Later of the day, the report drew the ire of the state's own Multimedia Commission.
While the original goal of FinFisher is mainly use to monitored known criminals, thieves, human / drug trafficking, and terrorism, it is also a double-edge sword and it can also being misused. Misused in the sense that the tool is being used to oppress dissenters / human rights and democracy activists, etc.. (those who fall in that group)
The below photo appeared on the Radio Bangsa Utama Facebook page an hour ago at the time of writing..
For those who are not from Malaysia, the translated letter reads about the report on the Federal opposition strategy. On the second paragraph it says in translation: Attached herewith is the report about the PR Opposition strategy that has been obtained via "email tapping" for your (Najib Razak) attention.
Can anyone notice and explain why there's this covert e-mail tapping going on there? It's already an abuse to the system.
Who is that man (National Security Council secretary) who signed the letter? A mamak. Upon digging the name via Google, you get:
This picture was taken from last Sunday's Star titled: "NSC: Cyber War is a Crime."
E-mail tapping right?
The letter above says that the government e-mail tapped the opposition e-mails to document the report on the opposition strategy in the general election. So who's really lying? But the signature on the letter is genuine.
The context is abuse of system, with you know which organization is presently running the federal level show. This of course plays hand in hand with the likelihood of gerrymandering of the upcoming general elections no doubt.
Don't believe everything, says MCMC in response to the report. But this?
If there was a talk that by certain people that BN would suffer a reversal like the result in 2008 if elections were to be hold in November last year, then it also implies that the intelligence report leading to this illegal activity that they have committed would be also true after all.
What is the inference with the Citizen lab report and the leaked letter? Up to you to decide.