FIRST PUBLISHED ON THE BBC WEBSITE – SEPTEMBER 20th 2011
By Stephen Grey File on 4, BBC Radio 4
A UK firm offered to supply “cyber-spy” software used by Egypt to target activists, the BBC has learned.
Documents found in the headquarters of the country’s security service suggest it was used for a five-month trial period at the end of last year.
Hampshire-based Gamma International UK denies actually supplying the program, which infects computers with a virus that bugs online voice calls and email.
The foreign secretary says he will “critically” examine export controls.
William Hague, who speaks for the government on computer security issues, said: “Any export of goods that could be used for internal repression is something we would want to stop.”