Spyware Demo Video Shows How Easily Governments Can Monitor Computers

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

As if Flash needed any more terrible press. A never-before-seen video showing off a live demo of a hacking tool has been obtained my Motherboard, and it makes for pretty scary viewing.

The clip reveals just how easy it is to infect a computer with spyware. In it, an employee demos Mito3 -- a product made by Italian surveillance contractor RCS Lab -- to a potential customer, with the tutorial taking less than 10 minutes.

After injecting HTML into a site of his choice, the demo guy causes a malicious popup to appear on his intended target’s machine. Disguised as an Adobe Flash update, this becomes the route through which the attacker can gain access to the targeted computer’s screen, microphone, webcam and GPS location.

Motherboard reports that Mito3 allows users to listen in on their targets, intercept their voice and video calls, messages and social media activities, and even even offers automatic transcription of the recordings. Ideal for shadowy government agencies.

You don't need to be a computer expert to take over somebody else's machine. All you need is the right tool for the job -- and it's out there. Zuckerberg got it right. [Motherboard]