Spyware ‘found on phones of five French cabinet members’

Mediapart claims indicate that devices were targeted by NSO’s Pegasus spyware Traces of Pegasus spyware were found on the mobile phones of at least five current French cabinet ministers, the investigative website Mediapart has reported, citing multiple anonymous sources and a confidential intelligence dossier. The allegation comes two months after the Pegasus Project, a media consortium thatContinue reading “Spyware ‘found on phones of five French cabinet members’”

Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime

Pilfered data includes lists of alleged police informants and information on government spies. Opponents of the Belarus government said they have pulled off an audacious hack that has compromised dozens of police and interior ministry databases as part of a broad effort to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. The Belarusian Cyber Partisans, as the hackers call themselves,Continue reading “Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime”

Pegasus Affair: Macron changes phone, reinforces security in wake of spyware allegations

French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his phone and phone number in light of allegations that Pegasus spyware might have targeted him, a presidency official said Thursday, the same day Macron held an emergency meeting on cybersecurity at the Élysée Palace. Macron has demanded “a strengthening of all security protocols” regarding sensitive means of communication, the ÉlyséeContinue reading “Pegasus Affair: Macron changes phone, reinforces security in wake of spyware allegations”

Pegasus spyware allegations leave Indian democracy hanging by a thread

Spyware that can be covertly installed on mobile phones has sent shock waves across the globe — and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been accused of using it. The Indian government has found itself at the heart of a spyware scandal that has sent seismic waves across the entire political world. A collaborative investigation, based on informationContinue reading “Pegasus spyware allegations leave Indian democracy hanging by a thread”

Tax raids target Indian paper that criticised government over Covid

Dainik Bhaskar accuses government of pursuing it on trumped-up charges in response to its reporting Tax raids have been carried out on the offices of one of India’s most popular newspapers, after months of critical coverage of the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Thursday morning, more than 100 tax inspectors descended on theContinue reading “Tax raids target Indian paper that criticised government over Covid”

France’s Macron among potential Pegasus spyware targets

Phone number of French president was identified as potential target for surveillance on behalf of Morocco, report says. The phone of French President Emmanuel Macron was targeted for potential surveillance on behalf of Morocco in the Pegasus spyware case, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday. The French presidency said that if the revelations aboutContinue reading “France’s Macron among potential Pegasus spyware targets”

Journalists, activists among 50,000 targets of Israeli spyware — reports

NSO Group’s Pegasus malware was abused by its government clients to spy on journalists, opposition politicians and rights activists, an investigation revealed. The targets also include presidents and prime ministers. An investigation by an international consortium of journalists published Sunday revealed that activists, journalists, politicians, and business executives from around the world were targeted by a military-gradeContinue reading “Journalists, activists among 50,000 targets of Israeli spyware — reports”

Israeli companies aided Saudi spying despite Jamal Khashoggi killing

After the murder of Khashoggi in 2018, one of the firms, NSO Group, canceled its contracts with Saudi Arabia amid accusations that its hacking tools were being misused to abet heinous crimes. Israel secretly authorized a group of cyber-surveillance firms to work for the government of Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of the kingdom’s abuseContinue reading “Israeli companies aided Saudi spying despite Jamal Khashoggi killing”

Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter and Amnesty websites – report

Researchers say web domains masquerading as activist, health and media groups are used by governments to hack targets An Israeli company that sells spyware to governments is linked to fake Black Lives Matter and Amnesty International websites that are used to hack targets, according to a new report. Researchers from the Citizen Lab at the UniversityContinue reading “Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter and Amnesty websites – report”

Chinese spyware code was copied from America’s NSA: researchers

Chinese spies used code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators. Tel Aviv-based Check Point Software Technologies issued a report noting that some features in a piece of China-linked malwareContinue reading “Chinese spyware code was copied from America’s NSA: researchers”

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