Your iPhone and the Pegasus spyware hack: What you need to know

Tech Republic Security

iPhones have been compromised by the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware. Should you be worried? That depends on who you ask

Use This Tool to Check If Your Phone's Been Hacked by the NSO Group's Spyware

GizModo VR

If you’ve been watching the news this week you may have heard something about the NSO Group, an Israeli spyware firm that currently stands accused of helping bad actors to hack journalists, politicians, and human rights activists throughout the world.

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Amazon Cuts Off Service to NSO Spyware Firm Behind iPhone Hacks

GizModo VR

Amazon has cut off web hosting services for the NSO Group, an Israeli spyware firm that has been widely accused of aiding in the surveillance of journalists and political dissidents.

WhatsApp Head Says New Pegasus Spyware Investigation Coincides With Its Findings From 2019 Attack

GizModo VR

WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart has said that findings from the new investigation into NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware coincide with what the app learned about an attack on its users in 2019.

Telegram CEO's Number Found on List of Potential NSO Spyware Targets

GizModo VR

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How to Avoid Spyware

IT Toolbox

This post looks at a few ways to avoid getting spyware

NSO Group’s Spyware Reportedly Used in Attempted and Successful Phone Hacks of Journalists and Activists

GizModo VR

A list of more than 50,000 phone numbers and a subsequent investigation has led a consortium of 17 news organizations to believe that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used to attempt or successfully carry out hacks on the phones of journalists, human rights activists, and more.

Audacity’s Privacy Policy Doesn’t Make It ‘Spyware’ Because Everything Is Spyware Now

GizModo VR

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Android Spyware Targets Executives

Doctor Chaos

A newly discovered Android spyware believed to be targeting high-level executives, but requires manual installation on devices, according to security firm Skycure. The malicious application was identified as a commercial spyware called Exaspy, which provides an attacker with access to a lot of the victim’s data. The program, Skycure researchers reveal, was installed on an […]. Wireless mobile wireless

NSO’s Pegasus spyware: here’s what we know

The Verge

Throughout the past week, we’ve seen story after story about a company called NSO Group, and a piece of spyware called Pegasus. Pegasus is spyware developed by a private contractor for use by government agencies. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

Amazon Web Services bans accounts linked with Pegasus spyware

The Verge

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has banned NSO Group, the company behind the Pegasus spyware program. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Vice reported the ban this morning, the day after a sweeping report alleged Pegasus was used to target the phones of human rights activists and journalists.

Skygofree Android spyware active since 2014, say researchers

Computer Weekly

Powerful, highly advanced spyware has been targeting Android mobiles for the past four years, security researchers have discovered

Spyware targets North Korean dissidents via social links, says McAfee

Computer Weekly

Researchers at security firm McAfee have confirmed that social networks are being used to target North Korean dissidents with spyware

Here’s how to check your phone for Pegasus spyware using Amnesty’s tool

The Verge

Amnesty International — part of the group that helped break the news of journalists and heads of state being targeted by NSO’s government-grade spyware, Pegasus — has released a tool to check if your phone has been affected. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

Pegasus spyware used to target phones of journalists and activists, investigation finds

The Verge

The numbers on the list were singled out for possible surveillance by countries who are clients of NSO, the report states, which markets its spyware to governments to track potential terrorists and criminals. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

WhatsApp attacked by spyware | TECH(feed)

Network World

WhatsApp’s recent spyware hack took advantage of a security vulnerability and allowed attackers to access private, digital communication. In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet walks through the hack, who was affected and how you can secure your devices ASAP

WhatsApp confirms it’s been targeted by spyware. That’s exactly its customers’ fear

CTOvision

Since WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, users of the messaging app have long speculated on how secure the platform would be from its new parent company’s data collection practices. What users may not have expected, however, was that their conversations could potentially be tapped by a third party — another company with the means […]. Cyber Security News

Spyware meant to track terrorists was used against journalists and activists, too

Mashable VR

Pegasus spyware was created by an Israeli spyware firm to track terrorist organizations and global criminal cartels. The report also found that Khashoggi's wife, Hanan Elatr, was a target of the spyware, but researchers were unable to confirm whether her phone had been infected.

Presidents, Prime Ministers, and a King Among Potential NSO Spying Targets, Including French Leader Macron

GizModo VR

The NSO Group’s spyware may have been used to surveil high-level politicians throughout the world, including more than a dozen heads of state, recent reports show.

Notorious iOS spyware has an Android sibling

Network World

Security researchers have uncovered the Android version of an iOS spyware known as Pegasus in a case that shows how targeted electronic surveillance can be. On Monday, Google and security firm Lookout disclosed the Android spyware, which they suspect comes from NSO Group, an Israeli security firm known to develop smartphone surveillance products. Fortunately, the spyware never hit the mainstream.

Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists targeted in apparent iOS spyware attack

The Verge

36 personal phones belonging to Al Jazeera journalists, producers, anchors, and executives were hacked in a spyware campaign between July and August 2020, a new report from Citizen Lab alleges. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

Audacity refutes 'spyware' accusations after privacy policy update

Mashable VR

Popular audio editing program Audacity is trying to clear up recent accusations that it's now "spyware" after recent changes to its privacy policy. So, Audacity did not just become spyware.

iPhone spyware: It's a dirty job, but NSO's gonna do it

Computerworld Vertical IT

Amnesty International has revealed that NSO Group, an Israeli ‘surveillance as a service’ company, has created and sold a nasty iMessage attack that can be used to spy on journalists, activists, and political representatives using their iPhones. A zero-click hack attack.

Microsoft and Google join Facebook’s legal fight against infamous spyware vendor

The Verge

Facebook-owned WhatsApp sued the spyware vendor last year, alleging that its software was used to hack 1,400 devices via a vulnerability in the messaging service. Image by Alex Castro / The Verge.

Reckless abuse of surveillance spyware sold to governments (again)

Network World

We keep seeing a common theme when it comes to spyware sold exclusively to governments, surveillance spyware which is marketed as lawful tools to help governments fight crime and terrorism; those remote intrusion solutions are increasingly used to spy on people who the governments consider to be a threat because those people are revealing the truth to the public.

Easy and Reliable Spyware & Malware Remover

Galido

Spyware is an abbreviated term that stands for “spy software” Malicious, spy software is designed for the purpose of gaining access to your computer and often damaging a computer and spreading the malware without the owner knowing. These can include spyware, keyloggers, true viruses, worms, or any type of malicious code that infiltrates a computer. Tips for Spotting Malware and Spyware. How to Remove Malware/Spyware – Recommended Software Removal.

Apple patches iOS against potent zero-day spyware attack

Network World

Apple is issuing patches for three iOS zero-day vulnerabilities known as Trident that have been exploited for years by an Israel-based spyware vendor against a human rights activist, an investigative journalist and others. The attack, called Pegasus, is flexible, letting attackers steal a broad range of data from iPhones and iPads, according to the firms that discovered it. “In

New Android spyware can record your voice, take photos with your camera, and steal app data

Tech Republic Security

The Lipizzan spyware family, which can record calls and screenshots, was recently discovered and blocked by Google Security researchers

There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Network World

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell. Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week’s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the U.S. National Security Agency. It's designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits found in the leak and can be used to load other malware.

State of malware: 3 key findings in the latest Malwarebytes report

Tech Republic Security

Spyware activity spiked in 2020, and the malware-as-a-service business model got more sophisticated

Stealth Falcon group uses custom spyware, fake journalists to target UAE dissidents

Network World

Meet Stealth Falcon, a sophisticated and likely state-sponsored cyberespionage group, which is hell bent on conducting targeted spyware attacks “against Emriati journalists, activists and dissidents.” It’s not “just” spying with custom spyware that leads to dissidents being “arbitrarily detained;” once identified as criticizing the authorities, UAE dissidents can be forcibly disappeared.

'Bizarro,' a New Banking Trojan, Is Sweeping Through Europe

GizModo VR

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Apple patches iOS security flaws found in spyware targeting activist

Network World

The claims -- from research at Toronto-based Citizen Lab and mobile security firm Lookout -- focus on spyware that targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the United Arab Emirates. However, inside the message was a link that, once clicked, can infect an iPhone with spyware, using three zero-day exploits of iOS, the research found. To spy on a human rights activist, hackers allegedly connected to a Middle Eastern government used three previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS.

Beware of this newly discovered Android spyware that pretends to be a system update

TechSpot

Installing apps from outside the Play Store is a risky venture but one that Android users often undertake if they want to downgrade/upgrade to a particular app version, bypass location restrictions, or keep in touch with their favorite app if it ever gets discontinued officially. The security risks, however, can

Unknown Government Using Advanced Hacking Spyware to Attack Russia and Saudi Arabia

Data Center Knowledge

Data collection and spying continues to make news with a never before seen complex surveillance software called Regin. Read More. Shared

Video: Did your HP laptop come with preinstalled spyware?

Tech Republic Security

Several of HP's laptops have a keylogging problem: The audio driver is actually saving every press you make to an unsecured log file

Verizon's new app launcher brings spyware to all its Android phones, says EFF

Tech Republic Security

Verizon's impending release of a new app launcher for Android called AppFlash has some privacy experts worried, as the launcher collects a lot of personal information for advertising

Microsoft acquires cybersecurity firm RiskIQ for $500M

Venture Beast

Microsoft is acquiring RiskIQ, which provides cybersecurity services, including malware and spyware monitoring and mobile app security. Read More.

QAnon believers don't know how to handle Michael Flynn's ties to spyware firm behind Pegasus

Mashable VR

The report focused on how the firm's spyware software, Pegasus, has been used by governments to target world leaders, political dissidents, activists, and journalists around the world. Edward Snowden is calling it the " story of the year."

Europe agrees on stricter control of surveillance tech

TechSpot

The European Union announced today that surveillance technology used in applications such as facial recognition, hacking, and spyware would have tighter restrictions going forward

Google removes malicious browser add-ons from Chrome Web Store after 32 million downloads

Venture Beast

A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s Chrome web browser. Read More. Business Cloud Security Alphabet category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Security chrome Google Google Chrome

Dangerous Android App Pretends to Be a System Update to Steal Your Data

GizModo VR

Beware a newly discovered malicious app that pretends to update your phone but, in reality, is just a giant spyware application that can steal pretty much all your data while also monitoring your movements and online search history.

Dozens of Al Jazeera Journalists Were Hacked Via Zero-Click iPhone Exploit

GizModo VR

It appears that 36 Al Jazeera journalists reportedly had their personal iPhones hacked using spyware created by NSO Group, a sketchy Israeli security firm.