New details on commercial spyware vendor Variston

Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has been tracking the activities of commercial spyware vendors for years, using our research to improve the safety and security of Google’s products and share intelligence with our industry peers. TAG’s research underscores that the commercial Read More …

RCMP use of spyware warrants update to Canada’s privacy laws, MPs say

Canada should update its privacy laws in the wake of revelations that the country’s national police force uses spyware to hack mobile devices, a parliamentary committee says. The House of Commons ethics committee is recommending the federal government require privacy Read More …

Greece: Report claims illegal surveillance software was used to spy on politicians, journalists and businessmen

Greece has been rocked by a ‘wiretapping’ scandal as a bombshell report claimed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ‘used state intelligence to spy on dozens of people including potential political rivals, journalists and businessmen’. Documento reported that the list of targets Read More …

New Android malware ‘RatMilad’ can steal your data, record audio

A new Android spyware named ‘RatMilad’ was discovered targeting mobile devices in the Middle East, used to spy on victims and steal data. The RatMilad spyware was discovered by mobile security firm Zimperium who warned that the malware could be Read More …

Witchetty: Group Uses Updated Toolset in Attacks on Governments in Middle East

The Witchetty espionage group (aka LookingFrog) has been progressively updating its toolset, using new malware in attacks on targets in the Middle East and Africa. Among the new tools being used by the group is a backdoor Trojan (Backdoor.Stegmap) that Read More …

Greece wiretap and spyware claims circle around PM Mitsotakis

It has been dubbed the Greek Watergate. What began as a surveillance of a little-known journalist in Greece has evolved into an array of revelations circling around the Greek government. The story emerged last spring, when Thanasis Koukakis found out Read More …

Apple introduces Lockdown Mode to protect iPhones from state-sponsored hacking

Apple announced a new feature for iPhones called Lockdown Mode on Wednesday to protect high-profile users such as politicians and activists against state-sponsored hackers. Lockdown Mode turns off several features on the iPhone in order to make it less vulnerable Read More …