Alabama Gas Station Owner, Others, Targeted by Government Spy-Tech

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From Slate:

A number of people around the world with ties to Bahraini pro-democracy movements have discovered that their computers were infected with a sophisticated trojan virus created by Gamma, a government contractor based in the UK. The program was collecting its victims’ personal data and dumping it to a government office in Manama, Bahrain’s capitol. Among those targeted by the program was Husain Abdulla, the owner of several gas stations in Mobile, AL and the director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain.

This isn’t the first time that Gamma has found itself associated with repressive government regimes:

Gamma first garnered attention last year when, amid uprising in Cairo, Egyptian activists raided state security offices and found documents revealing the company had in 2010 offered Hosni Mubarak’s regime spy technology named FinFisher. Gamma said in a statement at the time that it had not sold its technology to Egypt. The company added that it “manufactures equipment for dealing with security related threats” and “supplies only to governments.”

Read more at Slate.

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Husain Abdulla, the owner of several gas stations in Mobile, AL
    is a lot different from
    Alabama Gas Station Owner, Others, Targeted by Government Spy-Tech

    now if t’weret Bubba Joe Johnson
    owner of the One Stop Mobile Station & Feed Store
    in Beaverton, AL
    dat be a whole nother story

    • Calypso_1

      Didn’t Bubba recently add a bail bonds outfit to the franchise?

      • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

        Bubba Joe is sher-nuf entaypenure
        bail bonds, marriage, hunting & fishing licenses
        in addition to bail bonds & fast food

        Husain Abdulla is so jealous
        he changed his name to Barrack Husain Abdulla
        and moved to DC
        which is how the Bahrain gov got in the mix

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