WhatsApp chief claims government officials among 1,400 WhatsApp users targeted in 2019 attack

Senior government officials around the world – including individuals in high national security positions who are “allies of the US” – were targeted by governments with NSO Group spyware in a 2019 attack against 1,400 WhatsApp users, according to the Read More …

iPhones running latest iOS hacked to deploy NSO Group spyware

Human rights non-governmental organization Amnesty International and non-profit project Forbidden Stories revealed in a recent report that they found spyware made by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group deployed on iPhones running Apple’s latest iOS release, hacked using zero-day zero-click iMessage Read More …

Windows 0-Days Used Against Dissidents in Israeli Broker’s Spyware

A set of unique spyware strains created by an Israeli firm and allegedly used by governments around the world to surveil dissidents has been defanged by Microsoft, the software giant said. The private company, called variously Candiru, Grindavik, Saito Tech 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 …

APT32 state hackers target human rights defenders with spyware

Vietnam-backed hacking group APT32 has coordinated several spyware attacks targeting Vietnamese human rights defenders (HRDs) between February 2018 and November 2020. The state hackers also pointed their attacks at a nonprofit (NPO) human rights organization from Vietnam, as Amnesty International’s Read More …

Masslogger Swipes Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome Credentials

Cybercriminals are targeting Windows users with a new variant of the Masslogger trojan, which is spyware designed to swipe victims’ credentials from Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome and various instant-messenger accounts. Researchers uncovered the campaign targeting users in Italy, Latvia and Read More …

Android spyware strains linked to state-sponsored Confucius threat group

Two variants of Android spyware connected to pro-India, state-sponsored hacking campaigns have been discovered. On Tuesday, cybersecurity firm Lookout said that two malware strains, dubbed Hornbill and SunBird, have been linked to Confucius, an advanced persistent threat (APT) group thought Read More …

Zero-click iOS zero-day found deployed against Al Jazeera employees

At least 36 Al Jazeera journalists, producers, anchors, and executives, along with a journalist at London-based Al Araby TV, had their iPhones hacked using a no-user-interaction zero-day vulnerability in the iOS iMessage app, an academic research group said today. Citizen Read More …

New Goontact spyware discovered targeting Android and iOS users

Security researchers have discovered a new malware strain with spying and surveillance capabilities —also known as spyware— that is currently available in both Android and iOS versions. Named Goontact, this malware has the ability to collect from infected victims data Read More …