Qatar Spyware

Schneier on Security

Everyone visiting Qatar for the World Cup needs to install spyware on their phone. Uncategorized cell phones Qatar sports spywareEveryone travelling to Qatar during the football World Cup will be asked to download two apps called Ehteraz and Hayya.

Another Event-Related Spyware App

Schneier on Security

Last month, we were warned not to install Qatar’s World Cup app because it was spyware. Uncategorized cyberweapons Egypt smartphones spywareThis month, it’s Egypt’s COP27 Summit app : The app is being promoted as a tool to help attendees navigate the event.

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TajMahal Spyware

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Kaspersky has released details about a sophisticated nation-state spyware it calls TajMahal: The TajMahal framework's 80 modules, Shulmin says, comprise not only the typical keylogging and screengrabbing features of spyware, but also never-before-seen and obscure tricks. And that unique spyware toolkit, Kaspersky says, bears none of the fingerprints of any known nation-state hacker group. kaspersky malware spyware

Mexican Drug Cartels with High-Tech Spyware

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Uncategorized cyberweapons drug trade Mexico privacy spyware surveillance

Uyghurs Targeted With Spyware, Courtesy of PRC

Dark Reading

Chinese government employs spyware to detect so-called "pre-crimes" including using a VPN, religious apps, or WhatsApp, new analysis reveals

Solved: Subzero Spyware Secret — Austrian Firm Fingered

Security Boulevard

The post Solved: Subzero Spyware Secret — Austrian Firm Fingered appeared first on Security Boulevard. DSIRF GmbH codenamed ‘Knotweed’ by Microsoft and RiskIQ.

NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware Used Against US State Department Officials

Schneier on Security

Its Pegasus spyware was used against nine US State Department employees. We don’t know which NSO Group customer trained the spyware on the US. ” Uncategorized cyberespionage hacking Israel spywareNSO Group’s descent into Internet pariah status continues.

NSO Group Fires CEO — and 100 Staff — in Spyware ‘Streamlining’

Security Boulevard

NSO, notorious producer of the Pegasus nation-state spyware, is struggling. The post NSO Group Fires CEO — and 100 Staff — in Spyware ‘Streamlining’ appeared first on Security Boulevard. So it’s dumped its CEO, Shalev Hulio, and around 100 employees.

The powerful incentives for developing smartphone spyware

Security Boulevard

A recent investigation by Ronen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti in The New York Times Magazine opened the curtains into the complex, high-stakes world surrounding commercially available smartphone spyware. Security Bloggers Network Mobile Espionage spyware

‘Anomalous’ Spyware Targets Industrial Companies

Heimadal Security

Several campaigns employing spyware have come to light, a new report shows. The ‘Anomalous’ Spyware Cyberattacks: More Details Researchers from Kaspersky […]. The post ‘Anomalous’ Spyware Targets Industrial Companies appeared first on Heimdal Security Blog.

NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware Used against Thailand Pro-Democracy Activists and Leaders

Schneier on Security

We forensically confirmed that at least 30 individuals were infected with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Uncategorized Citizen Lab hacking human rights spyware ThailandYet another basic human rights violation, courtesy of NSO Group: Citizen Lab has the details : Key Findings.

A New-ish Mobile Attack: Zero-Click Spyware

SecureWorld News

The app then connected to a malicious server and downloaded spyware to the phone, listening in on calls and viewing text messages for nearly a year and a half. Spyware Cyber Attacks Original Content Endpoint / Mobile Security

WhatsApp Compromised by Spyware

Adam Levin

WhatsApp disclosed a major security vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely install spyware on mobile devices. The spyware deployed has been traced back to NSO Group, an Israeli cyber company alleged to have enabled Middle East governments to surveil its citizens. The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” WhatsApp announced in a statement.

The Latest in Creepy Spyware

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airtravel alarms google internetofthings privacy spyware surveillanceThe Nest home alarm system shipped with a secret microphone , which -- according to the company -- was only an accidental secret : On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider the company had made an "error." "The The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs," the spokesperson said. That was an error on our part.".

Apple Debuts Spyware Protection for State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

Dark Reading

Apple's new Lockdown Mode protects devices targeted by sophisticated state-sponsored mercenary spyware attacks

NSO Pegasus Spyware Developments | Avast

Security Boulevard

Last summer, we wrote about a major international investigation of the NSO Group and its Pegasus spyware. The post NSO Pegasus Spyware Developments | Avast appeared first on Security Boulevard.

Italian spyware targets Apple and Android smartphones says Google

CyberSecurity Insiders

Google Threat Analysis team has discovered a new spyware tool that was being fraudulently installed on iPhones and Android devices by a group of hackers in Italy. The tech search giant revealed the information and threw some light on how the spyware industry was flourishing.

Trojans and Spyware Are Making a Comeback

Adam Levin

Trojan horse-based malware attacks and spyware rose sharply in 2018 as ransomware-based attacks declined, according to a new report published by Malwarebytes. The post Trojans and Spyware Are Making a Comeback appeared first on Adam Levin. Data Security Cybersecurity Technology featured trojans spyware emotet trickbot

US Blocks Trade with ‘Legal’ Pegasus Spyware Firm, NSO

Security Boulevard

has finally blocked exports to the notorious NSO Group—makers of sophisticated “zero click” spyware, Pegasus. The post US Blocks Trade with ‘Legal’ Pegasus Spyware Firm, NSO appeared first on Security Boulevard. What took you so long? The U.S. Commerce Dept.

CloudMensis spyware went undetected for many years

Security Affairs

Researchers spotted previously undocumented spyware, dubbed CloudMensis, that targets the Apple macOS systems. Experts have yet to determine how the victims are initially compromised by this spyware.

Spanish Govt. Hacked by NSO Pegasus Spyware (or was it?)

Security Boulevard

The notorious spyware, sold by NSO Group “only to governments,” caused large amounts of data to be exfiltrated. Hacked by NSO Pegasus Spyware (or was it?) The prime minister and the defense minister of Spain were infected with Pegasus.

Mysterious, Cloud-Enabled macOS Spyware Blows Onto the Scene

Dark Reading

The CloudMensis spyware, which can lift reams of sensitive information from Apple machines, is the first Mac malware observed to exclusively rely on cloud storage for C2 activities

Regulating International Trade in Commercial Spyware

Schneier on Security

Spyware companies like NSO Group have relied on rubber stamp approvals by government agencies whose permission is required to export their technologies abroad. marketing privacy spyware surveillanceSiena Anstis, Ronald J. Deibert, and John Scott-Railton of Citizen Lab published an editorial calling for regulating the international trade in commercial surveillance systems until we can figure out how to curb human rights abuses.

Hermit spyware is deployed with the help of a victim’s ISP

Malwarebytes

Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has revealed a sophisticated spyware activity involving ISPs (internet service providers) aiding in downloading powerful commercial spyware onto users’ mobile devices. But at its core, it functions like any government-grade spyware.

Finnish diplomats’ devices infected with Pegasus spyware

Security Affairs

Finland Ministry for Foreign Affairs revealed that devices of Finnish diplomats have been infected with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Through the spyware, the perpetrators may have been able to harvest data from the device and exploit its features.”

Pegasus Spyware Used in 45 Countries

Schneier on Security

Citizen Lab has published a new report about the Pegasus spyware. On infected devices, Pegasus is a powerful spyware that can do many things, such as record conversations, steal private messages, exfiltrate photos, and much much more. Six of those countries are known to deploy spyware against political opposition: Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. espionage malware spyware

Senior EU Officials Targeted with NSO Spyware

SecureWorld News

The Israeli-based company—known for its Pegasus spyware that has been used to target journalists, politicians, and executives all over the world—was blacklisted by the United States government in November 2021. in terms of spyware and is evaluating vendors like NSO.

Pegasus Spyware Discovered on Spanish PM's Phone

SecureWorld News

The highly controversial Pegasus spyware has been found on the mobile phones of Spain's prime minister Pedro Sánchez, as well as the defense minister Margarita Robles, according to the Spanish government. Pegasus spyware remains problematic around the world.

New York Times Journalist Hacked with NSO Spyware

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Citizen Lab is that a New York Times journalist was hacked with the NSO Group’s spyware Pegasus, probably by the Saudis. The world needs to do something about these cyberweapons arms manufacturers. This kind of thing isn’t enough; NSO Group is an Israeli company

Lockdown Mode: Apple to protect users from targeted spyware attacks

The State of Security

Guest blog iOS macOS Malware Privacy Apple ios spywareApple has previewed a new feature which aims to harden high-risk users from the serious threat of being spied upon by enemy states and intelligence agencies. Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

FBI still unsure about Israel Phantom Spyware

CyberSecurity Insiders

After spending a time span of two full years on thinking, US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is still unsure on whether to buy Phantom Spyware from the Israeli firm NSO Group or not. The post FBI still unsure about Israel Phantom Spyware appeared first on Cybersecurity Insiders.

Apple Inc issues fix to Pegasus Spyware vulnerability in iPhones

CyberSecurity Insiders

Apple Inc has proudly announced that it has issued a fix to the famous Pegasus Spyware vulnerability existing on iPhones that could lead remote hackers to take control of the device to conduct espionage. Malware Apple vulnerability spyware Pegasus

Pegasus And Spyware | Avast

Security Boulevard

The post Pegasus And Spyware | Avast appeared first on Security Boulevard.

SandStrike Spyware Uses VPN App to Infect Android Devices

Heimadal Security

A newly discovered spyware is affecting more and more Android devices. Threat actors have become quite keen on SandStrike, spyware that they deliver via a malicious VPN app. The post SandStrike Spyware Uses VPN App to Infect Android Devices appeared first on Heimdal Security Blog.

DevilsTongue Spyware Targets Windows Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

Heimadal Security

A new report by Microsoft and Citizen Lab has tracked DevilsTongue spyware, a threat that targets zero-day vulnerabilities in Windows systems. Threat actors seem to belong to an Israeli-based spyware company by its name Candiru or Sourgum. What Is a Spyware?

Long-running surveillance campaigns target Uyghurs with BadBazaar and MOONSHINE spyware

Security Affairs

The threat actors behind the campaigns used two Android spyware to spy on the victims and steal sensitive information. The Android spyware was able to collect a broad range of information, including: Location (latitude and longitude).

China officially condemns Pegasus spyware surveillance and accuses US

CyberSecurity Insiders

Chine Foreign Ministry has issued a public statement condemning the distribution and usage of Pegasus Spyware surveillance software by various countries. The post China officially condemns Pegasus spyware surveillance and accuses US appeared first on Cybersecurity Insiders.

Pegasus Project – how governments use Pegasus spyware against journalists

Security Affairs

Pegasus Project investigation into the leak of 50,000 phone numbers of potential surveillance targets revealed the abuse of NSO Group’s spyware. The report also includes indicators of compromise for Pegasus spyware attacks. SecurityAffairs – hacking, Pegasus Spyware).

Chrome zero-day used to infect journalists with Candiru spyware

Bleeping Computer

The Israeli spyware vendor Candiru was found using a zero-day vulnerability in Google Chrome to spy on journalists and other high-interest individuals in the Middle East with the 'DevilsTongue' spyware. [.].

Hermit Previews Sophisticated Spyware To Come

Security Boulevard

The appropriately named Hermit enterprise-grade Android surveillanceware currently used by the Kazakhstan government within its borders—and deployed to Italy and Syria—portends the sophistication of spyware to come.

Apple iPhones to get protection against Pegasus Mobile Spyware

CyberSecurity Insiders

The post Apple iPhones to get protection against Pegasus Mobile Spyware appeared first on Cybersecurity Insiders. Malware Apple iPhone spyware Pegasus

Hungarian official confirms Hungary used NSO Group Pegasus spyware

Security Affairs

A Hungarian government official confirmed that his government has bought and used the controversial NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. According to the investigation, more than 300 individuals in Hungary may have been targeted with the powerful spyware.

Apple Unveils 'Lockdown Mode' to Defend Against Spyware

SecureWorld News

Lockdown Mode is designed to protect users who could be targeted by "the most sophisticated digital threats," such as spyware developed by private companies like the highly controversial NSO Group. The spyware was found on the phone of Jamal Khashoggi's wife just days after his murder.