Archive for the ‘Spyware’ Category

Pegasus is listening

Pegasus is listening: Q&A with Paul Rusesabagina’s daughter Carine Kanimba You may not recognize the name Carine Kanimba, but you have probably heard of her dad: Paul Rusesabagina. He was the manager of HĂ´tel des Milles Collines and rather famously decided to shelter some 1,200 mostly Tutsi Rwandans in his hotel during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. […]

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US Gov’t Flip-Flops on NSO Group Sale to L3Harris

US Gov’t Flip-Flops on NSO Group Sale to L3Harris by Richi Jennings on July 11, 2022 NSO Group, notorious makers of the notorious Pegasus spyware, has been in acquisition talks with a huge U.S. government defense contractor you’ve never heard of: L3Harris Technologies, Inc. Doesn’t that give you a warm, tingly feeling inside? Pictured is Christopher E. “Call Me Chris” […]

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NSO Group told lawmakers that Pegasus spyware was used by at least 5 European countries

The Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group revealed that its Pegasus spyware was used by at least five European countries. The controversial Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group told the European Union lawmakers that its Pegasus spyware was used by at least five countries in the region. NSO Group’s General Counsel Chaim Gelfand admitted that the company had “made mistakes,” but […]

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NSO Group Pegasus spyware leverages new zero-click iPhone exploit in recent attacks

Researchers reported that threat actors leveraged a new zero-click iMessage exploit to install NSO Group Pegasus on iPhones belonging to Catalans. Researchers from Citizen Lab have published a report detailing the use of a new zero-click iMessage exploit, dubbed HOMAGE, to install the NSO Group Pegasus spyware on iPhones belonging to Catalan politicians, journalists, academics, and activists. […]

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NSO Group Spied on European Union—on French Orders?

An espionage attempt was made by an NSO Group customer to hack the phones of senior EU officials. Although there’s some suggestion that it might have been QuaDream—a similar Israeli spyware firm. Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders (pictured) seems to have been the main target, along with several of his staffers at the Directorate-General for Justice and […]

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Ukraine: how cyber-attacks became so important to the conflict

https://theconversation.com/ukraine-how-cyber-attacks-became-so-important-to-the-conflict-177266 For the past few weeks, Russia has been deploying military forces into strategic positions on Ukraine’s borders. However, there is another, virtual dimension to the escalating conflict: cyber-attacks on Ukrainian government and business websites and services. Although it is impossible to confirm the Russian state is behind these attacks, commentators have suggested that similar tactics form […]

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European Data Protection Supervisor call for bans on surveillance spyware like Pegasus

The European Data Protection Supervisor authority called for a ban on the development and the use of Pegasus-like commercial spyware. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) authority this week called for a ban on the development and the use of surveillance software like the Pegasus spyware in the EU. Pegasus is a surveillance malware developed by the Israeli surveillance NSO […]

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Spyware, ransomware and Nation-state hacking: Q&A from a recent interview

I transcribed a recent interview, here some questions and answers about nation-state hacking, spyware, and cyber warfare. Enjoy” How has spyware changed the rules of cyber security in recent years? What will cyber security look like now that those tools are all over the internet? In the last decade, we have observed a progressive weaponization […]

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The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban. In June 2019, three Israeli computer engineers arrived at a New Jersey building used by the F.B.I. They unpacked dozens of computer servers, arranging them on tall […]

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Finnish diplomats’ devices infected with Pegasus spyware

Finland Ministry for Foreign Affairs revealed that devices of Finnish diplomats have been infected with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs revealed that the devices of some Finnish diplomats have been compromised with the infamous NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. The diplomats were targeted with the popular surveillance software as part of a […]

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El Salvador journalists hacked with NSO’s Pegasus spyware

https:// therecord.media /el-salvador-journalists-hacked-with-nsos-pegasus-spyware/ The smartphones of dozens of journalists and activists from El Salvador have been hacked with a version of the Pegasus spyware. The malware was found on 37 mobile devices belonging to 35 individuals. “Targets included journalists at El Faro, GatoEncerrado, La Prensa Gráfica, Revista Digital Disruptiva, Diario El Mundo, El Diario de […]

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Pegasus: Google reveals how the sophisticated spyware hacked into iPhones without user’s knowledge

Pegasus spyware was allegedly used by governments to spy upon prominent journalists, politicians and activists. A Google blog has revealed how the sophisticated software was used to attack iPhone users. The software used a vulnerability in iMessages to hack into iPhones without the user’s knowledge. The Pegasus spyware, developed by Israel’s NSO group, made headlines for being used by […]

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Hackers Compromised Middle East Eye News Website to Hack Visitors, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers tracked a hacking campaign spanning more than a year that hit around 20 websites – Israeli spyware vendor Candiru, recently blacklisted by the US, waged “watering hole” attacks on UK and Middle East websites critical of Saudi Arabia and others  A group of hackers compromised a popular London-based news website that focuses on […]

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New York Times Journalist Hacked with NSO Spyware

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How to protect the corporate network from spyware

There are a range of security policies for dealing with users’ smartphones, from the most restrictive approach – no smartphone access allowed – to an open approach that allows personal phones to connect to the internal corporate network. We suggest that the right solution is somewhere in between. You may have read about the Pegasus spyware in […]

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Paragon: Yet Another Cyberweapons Arms Manufacturer

Paragon’s product will also likely get spyware critics and surveillance experts alike rubbernecking: It claims to give police the power to remotely break into encrypted instant messaging communications, whether that’s WhatsApp, Signal, Facebook Messenger or Gmail, the industry sources said. One other spyware industry executive said it also promises to get longer-lasting access to a […]

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BazarCaller – the malware gang that talks you into infecting yourself

You’re almost certainly familiar with vishing, a phone-based scam in which cybercriminals leave messages on your voicemail in the hope that you’ll call them back later to find out what’s going on. In fact, if you have a long-standing phone number, like we do, you may well get more of these scam calls (perhaps even many more of […]

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Female journalists and activists say they had their private photos shared on social media by governments seeking to intimidate and silence them.

Female journalists and activists say they had their private photos shared on social media by governments seeking to intimidate and silence them. ‘I will not be silenced’: Women targeted in hack-and-leak attacks speak out about spyware Ghada Oueiss, a Lebanese broadcast journalist at Al-Jazeera, was eating dinner at home with her husband last June when […]

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WhatsApp chief says government officials, US allies targeted by Pegasus spyware

Source: The officials were allegedly targeted in attacks dating back to 2019. Speaking to The Guardian, WhatsApp’s chief executive, Will Cathcart, said there are “parallels” between the 2019 attacks and a recent data leak allegedly implicating NSO Group clients in widespread cybersurveillance. Israeli vendor NSO Group has experienced bad press in recent weeks due to a damning […]

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XLoader, a $49 spyware that could target both Windows and macOS devices

Check Point Research (CPR) experts have spotted a cheap malware, dubbed XLoader variant, which was upgraded to target both Windows and macOS PCs. XLoader is a very cheap malware strain that is based on the popular Formbook Windows malware.  FormBook is a data-stealing malware that is used in cyber espionage campaigns, like other spyware it is capable of […]

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