Spyware scandal rocks Polish government

The Verge

Several members of political opposition groups in Poland have produced evidence that they were hacked by Pegasus spyware, raising alarming questions about the Polish government’s use of the software. In both cases, traces of Pegasus spyware were found on the targets’ devices.

Dozens of Salvadoran Journalists Were Surveilled Using NSO Group's Spyware

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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 May Have Been Used to Target U.S. State Department Officials

GizModo VR

Apple recently revealed a new policy that would notify users if their devices were the targets of a state-sponsored attack conducted using spyware from Israeli surveillance-for-hire firm NSO Group.

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

Pegasus spyware found on nine US diplomatic phones

TechSpot

Reuters' sources indicated that US officials, either based in Uganda or working on issues concerning Uganda, received warnings from Apple that their iPhones were being targeted with spyware from Israel-based NSO over the last several months

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.

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.

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 Spyware Was Used to Target Jamal Khashoggi's Wife, Digital Forensics Confirm

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Password-stealing spyware targets Android users in the UK

Tech Republic Security

The spyware tries to steal passwords and other sensitive data and accesses your contact list, warns the U.K.'s s National Cyber Security Centre

The Ex-NSA Operative Cyber-Mercenary Scandal Shows the Spyware Industry Is Totally Out of Control

GizModo VR

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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.

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

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A Notorious Spyware Firm Claims It Won't Help Hack UK Phones Anymore

GizModo VR

NSO Group, the notorious Israeli spyware vendor, will no longer allow its clients to hack citizens of the United Kingdom, sources close to the company told The Guardian this week.

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

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

GizModo VR

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New analysis further links Pegasus spyware to Jamal Khashoggi murder

The Verge

New forensic analysis indicates that representatives of the United Arab Emirates government installed Pegasus spyware on the phone of Hanan Elatr, wife of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, just months before her husband was killed. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

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.

US State Department phones were reportedly hacked by NSO spyware

The Verge

At least nine employees of the US State Department working in or with Uganda had their iPhones hacked with spyware made by NSO Group, according to a report from Reuters. NSO has claimed that its spyware isn’t able to target US phone numbers (that is, numbers with a country code of +1).

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

Israeli spyware was used against US diplomats in Uganda

Vox

A hack targeting US officials is just the latest problem for NSO Group, the Israeli company behind Pegasus spyware. A woman walks past an NSO Group building at one of the company’s branches in the Arava Desert on November 11, 2021, in Sapir, Israel. Amir Levy/Getty Images.

Pegasus spyware group blacklisted by the US government

The Verge

The US Department of Commerce has ordered American companies to not sell their tech to NSO, citing reports that the group’s Pegasus spyware is used against journalists, government officials, activists, and more. 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.

Makers of spyware app 'SpyFone' and its CEO get slapped with proposed ban by the FTC

TechSpot

On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a ban against spyware developer Support King and CEO Scott Zuckerman from operating in the surveillance industry.

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.

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

Apple releases emergency patch to protect all devices against Pegasus spyware

Tech Republic Security

Designed to combat zero-day flaws exploited in Apple's operating systems, the patch applies to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac

US sanctions NSO Group, others, for trafficking spyware and exploits

TechSpot

The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is updating its list of sanctioned entities with a document it plans to fully publish on Thursday, but is viewable in a PDF now. It claims all four groups are engaged in activities "contrary to the national security or foreign

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

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.

Podcast: Apple introduces the A15-powered iPhone 13, plus iOS 14.8 patches Pegasus spyware flaw

Computerworld Vertical IT

Plus, Michael, Ken and Juliet discuss Apple's response to the Pegasus spyware flaw. Apple announced its latest additions to its iPhone lineup, as well as a new iPad mini, at its "California Streaming" event on Tuesday. Both devices will be powered by Apple's new A15 Bionic processor.

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.

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.

Easy and Reliable Spyware & Malware Remover

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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.

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.

FTC bans spyware app SpyFone, orders it to delete illegally harvested data

The Verge

On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had banned spyware maker SpyFone and its CEO Scott Zuckerman from the surveillance business. The FTC has voted to ban SpyFone | Illustration 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.

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.

This Could Be the End for Surveillance Giant NSO Group

GizModo VR

Sources told Bloomberg that the company’s cumbersome mixture of unpaid debts and growing international scrutiny have made NSO a bloated pariah and is forcing its leadership to consider shutting down its Pegasus spyware unit.

Germany's federal police agency secretly purchased and used controversial spyware 'Pegasus'

TechSpot

German news outlet Deutsche Welle (DW) notes that the federal government held a closed-door session with the parliamentary Interior Committee of the Bundestag. In the meeting, it confirmed that the BKA bought Pegasus software from NSO Group in 2019.