An anonymous reader writes: Senior officials in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia have been charged with using malware to use computer cameras and microphones to spy on a wide range of opposition politicians and organisations. The charges follow a particularly brutal election campaign — lost by the previous ruling party — which was dominated by secretly filmed recordings of abuse of prisoners (damaging to the then government) and of opposition politicians supposedly considering cutting deals with criminal families. Electronic spying is nothing new in Georgia but previously it seemed to be confined to more "old-school" techniques of hidden microphones and cameras.
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