“You might not be surprised to learn that certain government officials would have happily subverted the social media activists who helped spearhead the revolutions sweeping across the Middle East recently. It now appears that a British company may have offered the Egyptian government a helping hand at doing just that.

Digital intelligence firm Gamma International last year tried to sell a type of malware to the Egyptian security service that could infect the computers of dissidents and access their email and other communication tools, according to a report in The Washington Times.

The contract, dated June 29, 2010, was seen by a blogger and activist named Mostafa Hossein last month when he took part in a raid of state security’s headquarters.”

From Forbes