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The WhatsApp hackers still have access to huge numbers of phones because people are not updating the app

An alarming number of people are failing to update WhatsApp after the Facebook-owned app was hacked, according to smartphone security firm Wandera. Wandera could see whether the users of 300,000 devices have updated WhatsApp to patch the security vulnerability. Many had not. Just one of Wandera's business customers had 5,000 vulnerable devices on its book. Here's how to make sure your phone is protected. Visit for more stories. WhatsApp has said very little about a major h...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Israel, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnbc, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, NSO, Wandera, Wandera Wandera, Rolex Deloitte General Electric

An insider reveals how the nasty spyware used in the WhatsApp breach lets governments secretly access everything in your smartphone, from text messages to the microphone and cameras

WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging app used by more than 1.5 billion people around the world, recently found a major security flaw,   the Financial Times reported. The hack is reportedly   as simple as receiving a WhatsApp phone call, even if you don't pick up the call. A record of the call can even be remotely erased, the report says. The WhatsApp exploit enables the installation of software from   the NSO Group, a secretive firm from Israel that bills itself as a leader in cyber warfare an...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Washington Post, Mexico, Israel, Trends, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Pegasus, Montreal, University of Toronto, Uae, Financial Times, Mansoor, Mexico State

Who is NSO, the company tied to the WhatsApp security breach?

WhatsApp has just pushed a significant update to its 1.5 billion users. That's because the messaging service has discovered a security flaw that enabled attackers to remotely install spyware, possibly without the target of the surveillance even being aware of it.
Tags: Cnn, NSO

WhatsApp Hack Aided by Spyware Linked to Human Rights Abuses

Human rights groups and researchers have raised alarms for years about NSO Group, which makes mobile device surveillance software that ostensibly helps governments combat “terror and crime.” Activists, however, say governments misuse NSO’s products to target human rights defenders, journalists and critics. The Financial Times reported that a vulnerability in the WhatsApp chat app allowed attackers to install surveillance software, developed by NSO, on iPhones and Android devices by calling spec...
Tags: Science, Financial Times, NSO, NSO Group

Meet the shadowy security firm from Israel whose technology is believed to be at the heart of the massive WhatsApp hack (FB)

A major security flaw in WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging app used around the world, affects all 1.5 billion-plus users the Financial Times reported on Tuesday morning. The hack is reportedly as simple as receiving a WhatsApp phone call — even if you don't pick up the call. A record of the call can even be remotely erased, the report says. The WhatsApp exploit enables the sophisticated spyware "Pegasus" to be installed, a notoriously invasive software tool created by the NSO Group, a secre...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Washington Post, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Israel, US, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Pegasus, Privacy International, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal

Lawyer involved in suits against Israel's most notorious cyber-arms dealer targeted by its weapons, delivered through a terrifying Whatsapp vulnerability

NSO Group is a notorious Israeli cyber-arms dealer whose long trail of sleaze has been thoroughly documented by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab (which may or may not be related to an attempt to infiltrate Citizen Lab undertaken by a retired Israeli spy); NSO has been implicated in the murder and dismemberment of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (just one of the brutal dictatorships who've availed themselves of NSO tools), and there seems to be no cause too petty for their ...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Post, Corruption, UK, London, News, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Whatsapp, Canada, New York Times, Infosec, Amnesty International, Pegasus

Facebook's sluggish response to the WhatsApp hack shows it's still not learning from catastrophic errors in the past

WhatsApp was hacked, exposing a "serious security vulnerability" first reported on by the Financial Times on Monday. More than 12 hours after the story broke, Facebook has not blogged about the issue or notified users directly that WhatsApp needs to be updated. It brings to mind Facebook's catastrophic response to the Cambridge Analytica data breach, when CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not seen for five days. The WhatsApp hack shows your data is still vulnerable to bad actors. And Facebook is still s...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Privacy International, Financial Times, Zuckerberg, NSO, Cambridge Analytica, Irish Data Protection Commission

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 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

Malta: Regional Statistics MALTA 2019 Edition (NSO) - Finance Malta

The NSO has just published Regional Statistics MALTA 2019 Edition.
Tags: News, Malta, NSO

Hacker-for-Hire Accused of Aiding Saudis Is Worrying Wall Street

Now NSO Group, hackers-for-hire likened to a private intelligence service, has become a strain for two Wall Street banks that helped fund a buyout of the Israel-based company last month. After struggling to find buyers for a $500 million loan that they agreed to provide, Jefferies Financial Group Inc. and Credit Suisse Group AG had to come up with the cash themselves and are now unloading the debt at a steep discount, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The banks were left holdin...
Tags: Science, Israel, Pegasus, Credit Suisse Group AG, NSO, NSO Group, Jefferies Financial Group Inc

Jeff Bezos' investigator thinks Saudi Arabia hacked his cell phone — here's how it could have happened (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' personal security consultant Gavin de Becker believes Saudi Arabia had access to Bezos' phone, according to an op-ed published by de Becker on Saturday in The Daily Beast. While de Becker didn't say how the Saudis gained access to his phone, the country has been accused in the past of using advanced spyware to track its adversaries. Some of that spyware comes from NSO Group, an Israeli company valued at $1 billion that sells technology that can track texts, emails, calls...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, US, Trends, New York Times, United Arab Emirates, Pegasus, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Times, Skype, Istanbul, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Uae

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

Owls against owls in a challenge for survival

Scientists are puzzling out how to address the declining numbers of northern spotted owls (NSO) in their Pacific Northwest forest habitat. A new study in the Ecological Society of America's journal Ecological Applications explores the reasons why spotted owls are losing a foothold in their habitat, forecasts future habitat conditions and species interactions, and suggests best management practices.
Tags: Science, Pacific Northwest, NSO, Ecological Society of America, Ecological Applications

Israeli spyware firm NSO Group 're-acquired' by founders

The Israeli software firm NSO Group made headlines for its mobile surveillance technology, which played a key role in assassinations in Mexico, among other nations. On Thursday, NSO Group announced it has been “re-acquired” by its founders. Security researchers found evidence NSO sold spyware to governments that are established human rights abusers. The company has been accused of creating tools that help bad regimes invade privacy, conduct abusive surveillance, and target political enemies...
Tags: Security, Post, News, Privacy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Israel, US, Spyware, Surveillance, Associated Press, Francisco, Francisco Partners, NSO, Citizen Lab, Picks

Israeli spyware company NSO is re-acquired by its founders

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli software firm known for its phone-surveillance technology says it has been re-acquired by its founders. The NSO group announced Thursday that U.S.-based private equity firm Francisco Partners sold the company to its management. The company did not reveal terms of the deal, but Israeli media said the transaction valued NSO […]
Tags: News, Jerusalem, Nation, Francisco Partners, NSO

Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros 2

Nostalgia for the NES is high following the success of Nintendo’s classic mini consoles and the launch of its Switch Online service, which just got a couple more great additions to its selection of 8-bit games: Kirby’s Adventure and the immortally weird Super Mario Bros 2. Kirby had just made his debut on the Game Boy, but the NES follow-up really improved things. Better controls, better graphics, still hard as hell. Super Mario Bros 2 is remembered as a curiosity, but it deserves more than that...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Tech, Nes, Nintendo, Super Mario Bros, Zelda, GDC, Switch, Mario Bros, Kirby, Metroidvania, NSO, SNES, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Online

Int’l Agents Go After Watchdogs Who Revealed Information About Khashoggi

NEW YORK (AP) — The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The Associated Press has found. Twice in the past two months, men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli s...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, News, Washington Post, Mexico, Africa, Israel, Toronto, Syria, Ap, Paris, Middle East, Harvey Weinstein, Associated Press, Madrid

Spies tried to infiltrate Citizen Lab and trick them into talking about their research on Israeli spytech company NSO Group

Citizen Lab (previously) is a world-renowned research group that specializes in deep, careful investigations into the nexus of state and private surveillance, outing everything from the Chinese spies who took over computers in Tibetan embassies around the world to the bizarre deployments of state-level cyberweapons against Mexicans who campaigned for limits on sugary sodas. Some of Citizen Lab's most prominent and significant work has been their research on the NSO Group, an Israeli cyber-a...
Tags: Post, News, Spooks, Israel, Ap, Associated Press, Lambert, Bowman, NSO, Citizen Lab, NSO Group, John Scott Railton, Scott Railton, Jamal Khashoggi, Shitty Spooks, Bowman Lambert

Anne Midgette: I Was Wrong About Movie Music And The Concert Hall

“I saw ‘A New Hope’ with both the NSO and the BSO in September and found that the experience confirmed something I had started to suspect: As a classical music critic, I was clueless. That is: While I liked John Williams’s music just fine when I first saw the film at age 12, by the time I had attained legal adulthood, laden with a cargo of acquired snobbery about the superiority of Western civilization, I had learned, and bravely parroted, that ‘film music’ was somehow beneath me.”  – Washingto...
Tags: Art, Music, John Williams, Anne Midgette, BSO, NSO, 01.16.19

Jessie Montgomery Music: Find Out What's Next!

Jessie Montgomery (Jiyang Chen) Jessie Montgomery sends this newsletter: winter '18 - spring '19 collaboration | new works | concerts Well, THAT went by fast! This fall seemed to just whiz by, and I missed sending you an update! Well, it was certainly a busy time and I am happy to offer a brief recap and share highlights for the new year. 2018 was a challenge in more ways than one, but as the great Joan Tower once said to me, "music is a constant frie...
Tags: Facebook, London, Washington, Virginia, Religion, Toronto, Chicago, Dc, Detroit, Harlem, Nyu, Met Museum, Melbourne Australia, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, Norfolk VA

Khashoggi Friend Sues Israeli Surveillance Firm, Claiming Spyware Led To Murder

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Saudi dissident has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli surveillance company, claiming its sophisticated spyware targeted him and helped lead to the killing of his friend, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The suit, filed in a Tel Aviv court on Sunday, follows others previously filed against the company. But because of the dissident’s ties to Khashoggi and his high-profile killing Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, it is likely to shine a greater spotlight on the Israel...
Tags: London, News, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, World news, Canada, Middle East, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Associated Press, Istanbul, Latin America, Ankara

Israeli cyber firm NSO in talks to buy Fifth Dimension, say reports: Reuters

Israeli cyber surveillance company NSO Group is in talks to buy Fifth Dimension, a start-up chaired by former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Israeli media reported on Monday. Fifth Dimension has developed technology to assist police investigators in solving cases. Its advisory board includes Ram Ben-Barak, a former deputy director of the Mossad spy agency. TheMarker financial daily cited unnamed sources as saying NSO is studying a possible acquisition to help improve its reput...
Tags: Trends, M&a, Pegasus, Denmark, Mossad, Reuters, Blackstone Group, Ben Barak, Israel Defense Forces, NSO, Fifth Dimension, Benny Gantz, NSO Group

Four More Years: National Symphony In DC Extends With Music Director Gianandrea Noseda

“One year into the conductor’s tenure as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, Gary Ginstling, the orchestra’s executive director, announced a four-year contract extension, through 2024-2025. Also announced was “an in-house digital media initiative, meaning that the NSO will record its own performances for streaming and for physical CD and DVD.”
Tags: Art, Music, National Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda, NSO, Gary Ginstling, 09.23.18

Pegasus Spyware Used in 45 Countries

Citizen Lab has published a new report about the Pegasus spyware. From a ZDNet article: The malware, known as Pegasus (or Trident), was created by Israeli cyber-security firm NSO Group and has been around for at least three years -- when it was first detailed in a report over the summer of 2016. The malware can operate on both Android and iOS devices, albeit it's been mostly spotted in campaigns targeting iPhone users primarily. On infected devices, Pegasus is a powerful spyware that can do ma...
Tags: Malware, Spyware, Pegasus, Zambia, Espionage, Bruce Schneier, Zdnet, NSO, Citizen Lab, NSO Group, NSO Pegasus, UAE Uganda, United Kingdom the United States Uzbekistan Yemen, Bahrain Kazakhstan Mexico Morocco Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates Also

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

After Mysterious Closure, Solar Observatory In New Mexico Reopens

A telescope in Sunspot, N.M., will have additional security for now, after "an unusual number of visitors" showed up at the site. Conspiracy theories had proliferated about its sudden closing.(Image credit: NSO/AURA/NSF)
Tags: News, New Mexico, NSO, After Mysterious Closure Solar Observatory

Rugged new Jetson TX2i module gains carrier support

Aetina has launched Nvidia’s Linux-driven Jetson TX2i module [he]#8212[/he] a rugged, version of Nvidia[he]#8217[/he]s Jetson TX2 with -40 to 85°C and 10-year support that’s also available from CTI. Both vendors support the TX2i with existing TX2 carrier boards. Aetina has begun shipping its NSO-MD-TX2 module, a branded version of Nvidia’s new industrial Jetson TX2i spin of its hexa-core Arm-based Jetson TX2 module.
Tags: Nvidia, Linux, Jetson, NSO, Aetina

Verint merger talks with Israel’s NSO Group terminated: Reuters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Talks for U.S. software company Verint Systems to merge its security division with Israeli cyber surveillance firm NSO Group for about $1 billion have ended without a deal being reached, a source close to the negotiations said on Monday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not disclose why the talks fell apart. NSO declined to comment and Reuters was unable to contact Verint outside U.S. business hours. The talks were first reported in May. NSO is best known...
Tags: Israel, Trends, Pegasus, Reuters, Blackstone Group, Justice Ministry, Francisco Partners, Lavie, NSO, TEL AVIV Reuters, Verint, PE Deals, Verint Systems, Calcalist, NSO Group, Omri Lavie

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