E-surveillance has become a major nuisance for civil liberty activists and law abiding citizens looking to protect their privacy rights. E-surveillance in India is in existence for long for all wrong reasons. India is also least interested in ensuring civil liberties protection in cyberspace.
This is not an India specific problem. Recently, Japan asked ISPs to block Tor and thereby showed its intention to engage in e-surveillance. Similarly, the use of spy software like FinFisher by governments around the word shows the intention of governments around the world to disregard civil liberties.
It is not the case that the malware FinFisher was controlled from a single place. In fact, as per the report of Citizen Lab, there were 36 countries, including India, that were hosting the command and control servers for FinFisher.
What is even worst is that FinFisher masqueraded itself as Firefox application to avoid detection from anti virus and anti malware software. Mozilla has even sent a cease-and-desist letter to Gamma International that sells spyware allegedly disguised as the Firefox browser to governments.
The countries where Citizen Lab identified FinFisher command-and-control servers are Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.