Tool from Amnesty to detect spyware. Can F-Secure?

NikK Posts: 903 Forum Champion

The big security news today is Amnesty's release of the tool Detekt,  a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of known surveillance spyware.


"The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said." in an article.


From is says it can find:

    - DarkComet RAT
    - XtremeRAT
    - BlackShades RAT
    - njRAT
    - FinFisher FinSpy
    - HackingTeam RCS
    - ShadowTech RAT
    - Gh0st RAT


So the question to F-Secure: Should we use this tool or is F-Secure software capable of detecting these?


  • Simon
    Simon Posts: 2,667 Superuser
    I guess another question might be, is Detekt compatible with F-Secure, and indeed, other AV vendors' products?
  • Hönö
    Hönö Posts: 64 Contributor

    BBC raises questions about it:


    Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey, who advises governments on security issues, wondered how easy it would be for Amnesty and its partners to maintain Detekt.

    "It's not really their core business," he said. "Are they going to keep updating the software because the spyware variants change daily?"

    He also questioned how useful it would be against regimes that used specially written software rather than commercial versions that were well known and documented.

  • NikK
    NikK Posts: 903 Forum Champion

    Haven't heard of any compatibility issues other than for Windows 8.1 64-bit, which might be solved by setting compatibility mode to Windows 7 or 8 for the program.


    It's a portable program with all dependencies included in the exe file (26 MB).

    No detections on Virustotal so far. Latest Virustotal report for Detekt 1.6 which currently is the latest:


    An interesting change from the first versions is that now it says it can (only) detect these:

    • FinFisher FinSpy
    • HackingTeam RCS
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