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A new free tool that spots government spyware in your computer

A new free tool that spots government spyware in your computer
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In the wake of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's leaks, there are a lot of reports out there about the government spying on our computers. Until now, it's been difficult to find out if you're one of the citizens being targeted. But, that all could be changing, because Amnesty International has released software that it claims can find government spyware hiding on your computer.

Amnesty International released the product Thursday in a fight back against "repressive governments" that are misusing spyware against society.

Security researcher Claudio Guarnieri created the program. It's called Detekt, and basically scans your computer for any signs of spyware and then reports back to you with the results.

If an intrusion is found, a user will be sent to a specific "emergency" page online. The application also logs data to use in investigations.

The program sounds good on paper, but is it enough to protect you from government snooping?

Next page: Can Detekt stop government snoops?
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