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Discovering whether your Iphone has been hacked is nearly impossible thanks to Apple's walled garden

This week, we learned that the notorious Israeli cyber-arms-dealer NSO Group had figured out how hijack your Iphone or Android phone by placing a simple Whatsapp call, an attack that would work even if you don't answer the call. Apple has received a lot of praise for the security of its Ios devices, which are said to be so secure in part because of Apple's walled garden strategy, which prevents Iphone owners from running third-party software unless it comes through Apple's App Store; and wh...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Security, Post, News, Whatsapp, Infosec, App Stores, Dmca, Drm, App Store, Days, Petard, Apollo, 1201, Lawful Interception


There's no way to know for sure whether your smartphone was infected by the WhatsApp attack. But here are some signs you should look out for.

A vulnerability in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app made it possible for attackers to spread surveillance software to mobile devices through a phone call. While WhatsApp users cannot check whether their device was affected, there are certain red flags users can spot that may indicate a mobile device is being manipulated by a third party. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A vulnerability in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app enabled attackers to spread surveillance software t...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Pegasus, Symantec, Financial Times, Screen Time, Kaspersky Labs, Guerra, Domingo Guerra, NSO Group, Ahmed Mansoor, Jay Rosenberg


You probably weren’t a target of the WhatsApp surveillance hack

Every once in a while a major bug, vulnerability or security scare will spark panic. In most cases, it’s absolutely unnecessary panic. Take yesterday’s reported vulnerability. Israeli hacking outfit NSO Group, a developer of malware typically used by governments, was caught using a hack targeting WhatsApp that allowed the attackers to remotely spy on the victim’s phone. The exploit was almost invisible, according to Financial Times, which broke the story. The only indication that a phone might h...
Tags: Facebook, Samsung, Tech, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Woodward, University of Surrey, Alan Woodward, NSO Group, Stratics Networks


WhatsApp spyware attack was attempt to hack human rights data, says lawyer

NSO Group technology reportedly used against lawyer involved in civil case against the Israeli surveillance firmThe UK lawyer whose phone was targeted by spyware that exploits a WhatsApp vulnerability said it appeared to be a desperate attempt by someone to covertly find out the details of his human rights work.The lawyer, who asked not to be named, is involved in a civil case brought against the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group whose sophisticated Pegasus malware has reportedly been used ...
Tags: UK, Technology, Privacy, World news, Malware, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Canada, Data and computer security, Pegasus, NSO Group


WhatsApp spyware vulnerability: targeted lawyer says attempt was desperate

NSO Group technology used against lawyer involved in civil case against the Israeli surveillance firmThe UK lawyer whose phone was targeted by spyware that exploits a WhatsApp vulnerability said it appeared to be a desperate attempt by someone to covertly find out the details of his human rights work.The lawyer, who asked not to be named, is involved in a civil case brought against the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group whose sophisticated Pegasus malware has reportedly been used against Mex...
Tags: UK, Technology, Privacy, World news, Malware, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Canada, Data and computer security, Pegasus, NSO Group


Apple's privacy promises would have been useless against a simple missed call from WhatsApp hackers

The Financial Times reported on Monday that hackers were able to access people's phones by exploiting a vulnerability in WhatsApp. iPhone, Android, and Windows users were vulnerable, and the spyware used by the hackers was developed by an Israeli company called NSO Group. In a separate report, the FT said that NSO has boasted in the past about its ability to hack into iPhones. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple has long held itself up as the top smartphone maker for pri...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Saudi Arabia, Trends, Pegasus, Financial Times, NSO, Business Insider Facebook, NSO Group


WhatsApp urges users to update app after discovering spyware vulnerability

The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber intelligence company, used infected phone calls to take over the functions of operating systemsWhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability that allowed spyware to be injected into a user’s phone through the app’s phone call function.The spyware was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the vulnerability. Continue re...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, World news, Malware, Whatsapp, Data and computer security, Financial Times, NSO Group


WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app after discovering spyware vulnerability

The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber intelligence company, used infected phone calls to take over the functions of operating systemsWhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability that allowed spyware to be injected into a user’s phone through the app’s phone call function.The spyware was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the vulnerability. Continue re...
Tags: Technology, World news, Malware, Whatsapp, Data and computer security, Financial Times, NSO Group


Hackers Used WhatsApp 0-Day Flaw to Secretly Install Spyware On Phones

Whatsapp has recently patched a severe vulnerability that was being exploited by attackers to remotely install surveillance malware on a few "selected" smartphones by simply calling the targeted phone numbers over Whatsapp audio call. Discovered, weaponized and then sold by the Israeli company NSO Group that produces the most advanced mobile spyware on the planet, the WhatsApp exploit installs [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Mobile Spyware, How To Hack Whatsapp, Swati Khandelwal, WhatsApp Messenger, NSO Group, Android hacking, iOS hacking, Hack Whatsapp Account, Whatsapp vulnerability


Report: WhatsApp Vulnerability Used to Secretly Infect Phones With NSO Group's Notorious Spyware

Powerful spyware developed by Israeli cyber-intelligence company NSO Group exploited a vulnerability in encrypted messaging app WhatsApp to transfer itself to targeted devices, the Financial Times reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Cybersecurity, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Espionage, NSO Group, Cyberweapons, Cyber Intelligence


WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

WhatsApp just fixed a vulnerability that allowed malicious actors to remotely install spyware on affected phones, and an unknown number reportedly did so with a commercial-grade snooping package usually sold to nation-states. The vulnerability (documented here) was discovered by the Facebook-owned WhatsApp in early May, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. It apparently leveraged a bug in the audio call feature of the app to allow the caller to allow the installation of spyware on the device ...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Israel, Tech, Hack, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Department Of Justice, Financial Times, NSO, NSO Group


Hacking Lawyers or Journalists Is Totally Fine, Says Notorious Cyberweapons Firm

The founder and CEO of NSO Group, the notorious Israeli hacking company with customers around the world, appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday night to defend the use of his company's tools in hacking and spying on lawyers, journalists, and minors when the country's customers determine the ends justify the means. From a report: NSO Group has reportedly sold hacking tools to dictators including those in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and across Central Asia -- a group of decision-makers wh...
Tags: Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tech, United Arab Emirates, Cbs, El Chapo, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, Central Asia, NSO, NSO Group, Shalev Hulio


This is bad: the UAE's favorite sleazeball cybermercenaries have applied for permission to break Mozilla's web encryption

Remember Darkmatter, the UAE-based cybermercenaries who worked with the beltway bandit firm Cyberpoint to recruit ex-NSA spies to infiltrate and expose dissidents, journalists, even children who opposed the despotic regime in the Emirates? (Darkmatter is also one of the least-discriminating cybermercenary bands in the world, available to help torturers, murderers and thugs hang onto power by attacking opposition movements and letting the secret police know who to arrest, torture and kill). ...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Post, News, Nsa, Mozilla, Eff, Uae, Crypto Wars, Lawful Interception, Microsoft Google, Darkmatter, PKI, NSO Group, DigiCert, Cooper Quintin


Report: Citizen Lab Targeted in Botched Sting After Researching Israeli Firm's Ties to Saudi Arabia

“International undercover operatives” have been hounding members of the internet watchdog Citizen Lab, whose researchers helped reveal that an Israeli cyber-intelligence firm named NSO Group may have played a role in dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the hands of state-employed goons, the …Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Cybersecurity, Espionage, Citizen Lab, NSO Group, Jamal Khashoggi, Cyber Intelligence


Israeli Cyber-Intelligence Firm Denies Role in Khashoggi Murder, But Won't 'Deny or Confirm' Saudi Sales

One of the co-founders of the Israeli cyber-intelligence firm behind the powerful phone-surveillance software Pegasus, NSO Group, has denied that their products were involved in the Saudi Arabian government’s torture and murder of journalist in self-imposed exile Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Cybersecurity, Pegasus, Espionage, Spies, Istanbul, Mohammed bin Salman, Zero Day, NSO Group, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi


Cell Phone Security and Heads of State

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the Russians and the Chinese were eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's personal cell phone and using the information gleaned to better influence his behavior. This should surprise no one. Security experts have been talking about the potential security vulnerabilities in Trump's cell phone use since he became president. And President Barack Obama bristled at -- but acquiesced to -- the security rules prohibiting him from using a "regular" c...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Congress, Nsa, Senate, White House, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Fbi, Atlantic, House


Cyber Sleuths Find Traces of Infamous iPhone and Android Spyware 'Pegasus' in 45 Countries

Security researchers have found evidence that a piece of malware peddled as "lawful intercept" software to government agencies has been deployed against victims located in 45 countries, a number that far outweighs the number of known operators, meaning that some of them are conducting illegal cross-border surveillance. The findings come from a report published by Citizen Lab, a digital rights watchdog at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. ZDNet: The malware, known as Pega...
Tags: UK, Tech, Pegasus, Yemen, University of Toronto, United States France, NSO, Citizen Lab, NSO Group, Munk School of Global Affairs ZDNet, United Arab Emirates Bahrain Mexico Turkey


Powerful Android and iOS Spyware Found Deployed in 45 Countries

One of the world's most dangerous Android and iPhone spyware program has been found deployed against targets across 45 countries around the world over the last two years, a new report from Citizen Lab revealed. The infamous spyware, dubbed Pegasus, is developed by NSO Group—an Israeli company which is mostly known for selling high-tech surveillance tools capable of remotely cracking into [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Tech, Pegasus, Swati Khandelwal, How To Hack Android, Android hacking tool, iPhone Hacking Tool, NSO Group, Android Hacking Software, iOS hacking, Ios Hacking Tools


NSO Spyware Targets Saudi Human Rights Activists and Researchers

Amnesty International, one of the most prominent non-profit human rights organizations in the world, claims one of its staff members has been targeted by a sophisticated surveillance tool made by Israel's NSO Group. The NSO Group is an Israeli firm that's mostly known for selling high-tech spyware and surveillance malware capable of remotely cracking into Apple's iPhones and Google's Android [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Apple, Google, Israel, Tech, Spyware, Surveillance, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Cyber Attack, Mobile Spyware, Swati Khandelwal, Android hacking tool, NSO Group, How To Hack Iphone, iPhone hacking software, Human Rights Activists


Ex-NSO Employee Caught Selling Stolen Phone Hacking Tool For $50 Million

A former employee of one of the world's most powerful hacking companies NSO Group has been arrested and charged with stealing phone hacking tools from the company and trying to sell it for $50 million on the Darknet secretly. Israeli hacking firm NSO Group is mostly known for selling high-tech malware capable of remotely cracking into Apple's iPhones and Google's Android devices to [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Smartphone Hacking, iPhone hacking, Swati Khandelwal, iPhone Hacking Tool, NSO Group, Android hacking, Android Hacking Software, Iphone Spying Software


An Employee of NSO Group, Which Sells Powerful Spyware, Allegedly Stole Company's Tools For Personal Profit

Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: NSO Group sells some of the most potent, off-the-shelf malware for remotely breaking into smartphones. Some versions allow a law enforcement or intelligence agency to steal essentially all meaningful data from an iPhone with no interaction from the target. Others just require the victim to click one link in a carefully crafted text message, before giving up their contacts, emails, social media messages, GPS location, and much more. NSO only sells its tools ...
Tags: Tech, Pegasus, NSO, Joseph Cox, NSO Group, Omri Lavie


Autocratic Governments Can Now 'Buy Their Own NSA'

Citizen Lab has been studying information controls since 2001, and this week their director -- a Toronto political science professor -- revealed how governments (including Ethiopia's) are using powerful commercial spyware. Slashdot reader mspohr shared their report: We monitored the command and control servers used in the campaign and in doing so discovered a public log file that the operators mistakenly left open... We were also able to identify the IP addresses of those who were targeted and s...
Tags: Germany, Israel, Toronto, Tech, Ethiopia, Slashdot, United States Canada, Elbit Systems, Cyberbit, NSO Group, Cyberbit Solutions, Elbit Systems Notably Cyberbit


Michael Flynn Worked With Foreign Cyberweapons Group That Sold Spyware Used Against Political Dissidents

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Tags: Apple, News, Maryland, Washington, Mexico, Nsa, Israel, SIM, Viber, Fbi, Luxembourg, Pegasus, Pentagon, Johnson, Pepsico, Donald Trump


Mexican Govt. Allegedly Used Spyware Against Journalists, Activists & A Child

After the disclosure of sophisticated global espionage and disinformation campaign aimed to discredit enemies of the state, Citizen Lab researchers exposed the dirty game of the Mexican government and its politics. The report — "Government Spy: Systematic monitoring of journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico" — published by Citizen Lab today revealed how the Mexican government used [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Mexico, Tech, Malware, Hacking News, Spyware, Cyber Espionage, Pegasus, Surveillance Malware, Mobile Spyware, Mexican, Swati Khandelwal, NSO Group


Total-Takeover iPhone Spyware Lurks on Android, Too

A version of the nation-state favorite Pegasus software researchers found on iOS officially hit Android as well. The post Total-Takeover iPhone Spyware Lurks on Android, Too appeared first on WIRED.
Tags: Ios, Android, Security, Spyware, Pegasus, NSO Group



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