Gamma Group's Martin J. Muench says he owns 15 percent of the German-based Gamma International.
In the secretive world of surveillance technology, he goes just by his initials: MJM.
His mystique is such that other security professionals avoid using wireless Internet near him. MJM himself suggests that those he meets allay their paranoia by taking batteries out of their mobile phones.
MJM -- Martin J. Muench -- is the developer of Andover, U.K.-based Gamma Group’s FinFisher intrusion software, which he sells to police and spy agencies around the world for monitoring computers and smartphones to intercept Skype calls, peer through Web cameras and record keystrokes.
In the past year, the hacker-turned-executive has himself been under attack as the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings unravelled the cloak of secrecy he’d operated behind.
U.K.-born democracy advocate and economist Ala'a Shehabi, hit by FinSpy in Bahrain this April, said, "I have little respect for this man for his role in the violation of my privacy rights and for risking the work we are doing." Source: Bloomberg