suRootRemote malicious surveillance software

Mark R. Diamond made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Federal Police

The request was refused by Australian Federal Police.

From: Mark R. Diamond

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Dear Australian Federal Police,

I request access to any document that shows the price paid by the Australian Federal Police for a licence to use the surveillance malware know as "suRootRemote" during 2016. (Search period 1 November 2015 to 31 March 2016).

In case there is any difficulty in identifying the malware I'm referring to, suRootRemote is described by the manufacturers as being a suite of computer malware (actually "offensive security software") suitable for "law enforcement and others requiring stealth-access capabilities". The capabilities, of which the AFP is no doubt aware, include:
--the capacity to monitor all keyboard and mouse activity;
--view the user screen (similar to Microsoft Remote Access);
--deliver software payloads to permanently alter select firmware on the remote computer;
--stealth (hide from antivirus software and process monitoring).

Yours faithfully,

Mark R. Diamond

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good afternoon Mr Diamond,

         

Your Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to your application emailed 6 May 2017 in which you seek access to
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as follows:

 

I request access to any document that shows the price paid by the
Australian Federal Police for a licence to use the surveillance malware
know as "suRootRemote" during 2016.  (Search period 1 November 2015 to 31
March 2016).

 

In case there is any difficulty in identifying the malware I'm referring
to, suRootRemote is described by the manufacturers as being a suite of
computer malware (actually "offensive security software") suitable for
"law enforcement and others requiring stealth-access capabilities". The
capabilities, of which the AFP is no doubt aware, include:

--the capacity to monitor all keyboard and mouse activity; --view the user
screen (similar to Microsoft Remote Access); --deliver software payloads
to permanently alter select firmware on the remote computer; --stealth
(hide from antivirus software and process monitoring).

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

IVA (AFP22679)
TEAM MEMBER - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO

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Good afternoon Mr Diamond,

 

Please find attached our decision in relation to your Freedom of
Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

IVA (AFP22679)
TEAM MEMBER - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO

Tel +61(0) 2 61316131  

[1]www.afp.gov.au

 

 

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