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Spyware Vendor FinFisher Claims Insolvency Amid Investigation

  • Munich firm accused of helping governments hack activists
  • Inquiry into alleged export controls violations ongoing

A German company long criticized for helping governments spy on communications has shut down operations and filed for insolvency, according to authorities. 

FinFisher GmbH sold spyware to law enforcement and intelligence agencies that could be used to hack into computers and mobile phones and then steal data and secretly record conversations. Human rights groups accused the company of providing the technology to authoritarian governments who used it to target activists and journalists.