UK firm offered spying software to Egyptian SS

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Gamma International’s Finfisher program would have enabled government spies to monitor activists and censor websites, according to documents obtained by activists after storming State Security Police headquarters in Nasr City:

One of the papers, in English and headed Finfisher Proposal: Commercial Offer, contained an offer dated 29 June 2010 to provide “FinSpy” software, hardware, installation and training to the SSI for €287,000 (£255,000). The name on the invoice, dated Tuesday 29 June 2010, was Gamma International UK Limited.
Other documents, written in Arabic and marked “ultimately confidential”, state that after being offered a “free trial version” of Gamma’s Finfisher software to test its ability to hack into email accounts, the SSI concluded it was “a high-level security system” that could get into email accounts of Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo, as well as allowing “full control” of the computers of “targeted elements”. It went on to describe the software’s “success in breaking through personal accounts on Skype network, which is considered the most secure method of communication used by members of the elements of the harmful activity because it is encrypted”.

  1. Sajida

    GAMMA INTERNATIONAL (UK) LIMITED
    Company Record Report

    Current Appointments
    Number of current appointments: 4

    SECRETARY: MARTIN & CO (CO SEC) LIMITED
    Appointed: 15/08/2007
    Nationality: BRITISH
    No. of Appointments: 2

    Address: 25 ST. THOMAS STREET
    WINCHESTER
    HAMPSHIRE
    SO23 9HJ

    DIRECTOR: NELSON, LOUTHEAN JOHN ALEXANDER

    Appointed: 15/08/2007 Date of Birth: 13/07/1961
    Nationality: BRITISH
    No. of Appointments: 6

    Address: NO 7 HAMRA STREET
    PO BOX 13-55645
    BEIRUT
    LEBANON
    LEBANON
    FOREIGN

    DIRECTOR: NELSON, WILLIAM LOUTHEAN

    Appointed: 15/08/2007 Date of Birth: 01/02/1932
    Nationality: BRITISH
    No. of Appointments: 12

    Address: PARSONAGE MEAD
    WINTERBOURNE EARLS
    SALISBURY
    WILTSHIRE
    SP4 6HD

    Country/State of Residence: UNITED KINGDOM

    DIRECTOR: SEYMOUR, KAREN JEAN

    Appointed: 10/04/2008 Date of Birth: 25/04/1963
    Nationality: BRITISH

    No. of Appointments: 4

    Address: THE BARN 29A THE MARSH
    LONGBRIDGE DEVERILL
    WARMINSTER
    WILTSHIRE
    UNITED KINGDOM
    BA12 7EA

    This Report excludes resignations

  2. Sajida

    Considering what the product claims to offer, I’m rather surprised by such a low price of €287,137. For just under €400,000 the client would get both the intrusion and infection softwares, training, installation and two years of support. Wow, seems like a bargain! A deal two goioid to be true perhaps? I would have expected an IT intrusion product of this calibre and nature to have been priced in the millions. This fact alone makes me doubt the authenticity of the the above documentation.

    I just checked out Gamma International UK Limited on UK Companies House. I can post the company director information etc if someone is interested.

    Also Gamma Groups own website is very interesting. Their Finfisher IT Intrusion site states “The FinFisher product portfolio is solely offered to Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies”.
    https://www.gammagroup.com/default.aspx
    https://web.archive.org/web/20131015102554/http://www.finfisher.com/FinFisher/en/index.php