Ala'a Shehabi is the co-founder of Bahrain Watch, an NGO that advocates for social justice in Bahrain. She's currently the Deputy Director at the Institute for Global Prosperity in the UK. She's been a vocal activist during the uprisings of 2011 in Bahrain, during which she was arrested and her husband was abducted by the security forces.
Shortly after being released Ala'a started receiving emails purporting to offer information on the Bahraini monarchs. This information was supposedly contained in attachments that, if opened, would stealthily install a spyware on the computer. The spyware was identified as "FinSpy", an surveillance solution developed and sold by the German company FinFisher. During the uprisings between 2010 and 2012, according to Bahrain Watch, dozens of computers were infected through the use of FinSpy, and among them were human rights defenders, politicians, journalists and exiled activists including Saeed Shehabi, founder of Bahrain Freedom Movement and father of Ala'a.