Saudi Dissident Spyware Attack Belies Bigger Threat


This week, news broke that a well-known Saudi dissident has been targeted by the notorious Pegasus spyware – after he gained permanent citizen status in Canada. While this fits into pattern of ongoing attacks on “civil society” members (i.e., journalists, social justice activists, dissidents and human rights organizations), the larger pool of threats against this group comes from what Citizen Lab terms “forever-days” – run-of-the-mill malware and old exploits that have been hanging around for years.

In the latest campaign, Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist and Montreal resident, was targeted and infected with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, according to Citizen Lab. The targeting occurred while Abdulaziz, who recently received asylum in Canada, was attending McGill University.

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Source: ThreatPost