After NSO Scandal, What’s Next for Israel’s Cyber Industry?

The year 2021 was not a good one for NSO Group, an Israeli technology firm that became famous, and then notorious, for its Pegasus spyware, capable of remote surveillance of smartphones. Once a promising startup that developed a unique tool Read More …

US lawmakers want to put NSO Group, 3 other spyware makers out of business with fresh severe sanctions

Eighteen US Democratic lawmakers have asked the Treasury Department and State Department to punish Israel-based spyware maker NSO Group and three other surveillance software firms for enabling human rights abuses. In a letter [PDF] signed by US Senator Ron Wyden Read More …

FBI Document Says the Feds Can Get Your WhatsApp Data – in Real Time

As Apple and WhatsApp have built themselves into multibillion-dollar behemoths, they’ve done it while preaching the importance of privacy, especially when it comes to secure messaging. But in a previously unreported FBI document obtained by Rolling Stone, the bureau claims Read More …

Cyprus: Surveillance firm pays $1 million fine after ‘spy van’ scandal

The Office of the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection in Cyprus has collected a $1 million fine from intelligence company WiSpear for gathering mobile data from various individuals arriving at the airport in Larnaca. While this is just an administrative Read More …

US sanctions NSO Group, Israeli spyware company at centre of Pegasus Papers

The US is sanctioning an Israeli spyware company that it accused of supplying technology to foreign governments “to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers”. NSO Group had been accused of assisting despotic regimes in targeting Read More …

United Nations calls for moratorium on sale of surveillance tech like NSO Group’s Pegasus

The United Nations has called for a moratorium on the sale of “life threatening” surveillance technology and singled out the NSO Group and Israel for criticism. The catalyst for that UN’s action is the recent allegation that NSO Group’s wares Read More …

How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens

In the months before the Myanmar military’s Feb. 1 coup, the country’s telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware that would allow the army to eavesdrop on the communications of citizens, sources with direct knowledge of Read More …