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Creators of WhatsApp attack software face lawsuit from Amnesty International

This week a spyware attack was launched on WhatsApp. Now the Israeli firm linked to that attack is facing a lawsuit from human rights NGO Amnesty International, alleging their software has been used to surveil human rights defenders. The post Creators of WhatsApp attack software face lawsuit from Amnesty International appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Social Media, Web, Amnesty International, Lawsuit, NSO Group, Pegasus, Spyware, WhatsApp


How can spies from democracies compete with spies from autocracies?

Economist international editor Edward Lucas devotes 4,000+ words in the new issue of Foreign Policy to the changing landscape of state espionage in the 21st century; it's not particularly well-organized (if there's a reason for the order in which his thoughts are laid out, I couldn't find it), but despite that, it's well worth a read, even if there's lots I don't agree with here. Lucas's main question is whether autocracies are going to win the surveillance race, especially in the face of i...
Tags: Video, London, News, Privacy, Putin, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Surveillance, Britain, United States, United Kingdom, New York Times, Cia, Lucas, Lawful Interception


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


MeitY asks WhatsApp for spyware hack details and how many Indian users were affected

MeitY has asked WhatsApp for details about the recent spyware hack that allowed attackers to compromise users’ devices via WhatsApp calls, and the steps it is taking to address the situation, the Economic Times reports. The ministry has also asked the messaging service whether users in India were... ...
Tags: Travel, Security, News, Messaging, India, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Hack, Whatsapp, Spyware, Policy, Economic Times, NSO Group, MeitY


WhatsApp Vulnerability Fixed

WhatsApp fixed a devastating vulnerability that allowed someone to remotely hack a phone by initiating a WhatsApp voice call. The recipient didn't even have to answer the call. The Israeli cyber-arms manufacturer NSO Group is believed to be behind the exploit, but of course there is no definitive proof. If you use WhatsApp, update your app immediately. [Author: Bruce Schneier]
Tags: Whatsapp, Attribution, Vulnerabilities, Exploits, Bruce Schneier, Patching, NSO Group


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


This is how attackers were able to spread spyware through WhatsApp with just a phone call

A recently fixed vulnerability in WhatsApp allowed attackers to spread spyware to mobile devices with just a phone call. The attacker exploited a vulnerability known as buffer overflow, a type of exploit that's existed for decades. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Earlier this week, it was reported that a vulnerability in Facebook's popular WhatsApp messaging service made it possible for attackers to spread spyware to smartphones via phone calls made through the app.  To d...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Pegasus, Ferguson, Financial Times, Trend Micro, Business Insider, Rik Ferguson, NSO Group, Ahmed Mansoor


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


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


Why You Should Update WhatsApp but Not Freak Out

Everyone with WhatsApp on their phone should update to the latest version of the app as soon as possible, the company said on Tuesday. Read more...
Tags: Science, Israel, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Privacy And Security, 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


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


Firm tied to WhatsApp spying previously flagged in SA

South Africa is among the 45 countries where suspected spyware infections using a tool developed by NSO Group were identified
Tags: South Africa, NSO Group


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


WhatsApp users are being urged to update the app immediately after it was hacked — here's how to get protected

WhatsApp is urging users to update the app after it was targeted by hackers. Scroll on to find out how to make sure your phone is safe.  Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. WhatsApp is urging people to update the app immediately after it was targeted by hackers installing sophisticated spyware on users' phones, giving them access to a trove of data. The security vulnerability has been fixed in updated versions of WhatsApp released in recent days, but some users will need to manually u...
Tags: Facebook, Israel, Trends, App Store, NSO Group, Oracle Airbus


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 Discovers Spyware That Uses Voice Calls To Infect Phones

Israel's NSO Group is reportedly behind the attack.
Tags: News, Israel, 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 Rushes to Fix Security Flaw Exposed in Hacking of Lawyer’s Phone

Researchers said the NSO Group had found a vulnerability, which was disclosed Monday, that was used to target the iPhone of a human-rights lawyer in London and perhaps others.
Tags: London, News, Facebook Inc, WhatsApp Inc, Cyberattacks and Hackers, Espionage and Intelligence Services, Human Rights and Human Rights Violations, 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


WhatsApp was hacked and attackers installed spyware on people’s phones

WhatsApp has been hacked and attackers have installed spyware on an unknown number of people's smartphones. Bad actors installed the surveillance technology by phoning the target through WhatsApp's call functionality, according to the Financial Times, which first spotted the issue. The FT reported that the spyware was developed by Israel's NSO Group. WhatsApp is urging users to update the app after it was targeted by "an advanced cyber actor." Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Wha...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Israel, Trends, New York Times, Pegasus, Financial Times, US Department of Justice, NSO Group


Israeli Firm Tied to Tool That Uses WhatsApp Flaw to Spy on Activists

Researchers said the NSO Group had found a vulnerability, which was disclosed Monday, that was used to target the iPhone of a human-rights lawyer in London and perhaps others.
Tags: News, Facebook Inc, WhatsApp Inc, Cyberattacks and Hackers, Espionage and Intelligence Services, Human Rights and Human Rights Violations, NSO Group


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


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