WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims a network of companies around the globe spy on BlackBerry devices, iPhones and Gmail accounts and sell users' secrets, telling them: "You're all screwed".
Assange told a press conference at London's City University that more than 150 organisations worldwide have the technology to use smartphones as tracking devices, as well as intercepting calls and SMS messages. The Australian claims the information of "entire populations" is made available to buy wholesale - all completely legally.
Calling the whistle-blowing organisation's latest 'Spy Files' leak a "mass attack on this mass surveillance industry", Assange warned that the worldwide snooping infrastructure it revealed was tantamount to a "totalitarian surveillance state".
"We are releasing over 287 files documenting the reality of the international mass surveillance industry - an industry which now sells equipment to dictators and democracies alike in order to intercept entire populations," said Assange.
The Spy Files are available online at the website spyfiles.org, complete with a clickable map listing companies engaging in surveillance worldwide, together with the technologies they develop, including speech analysis, phone monitoring and GPS tracking.