Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. Amnesty said many governments used sophisticated spying tools that could grab images from webcams or listen via microphones to monitor people. It wants to see more regulation of the spying software used by governments.
An interesting article in Wired describes how the NSA, researchers in Israel, and possibly others steal data from computers not connected to the Internet. The method allows hackers and spies to surreptitiously siphon passwords and other data from an infected computer by using radio signals generated and transmitted by the computer and received by a mobile phone. You can read the article about “AirHopper” at http://www.wired.com/2014/11/airhopper-hack.