Reports from “The Washington Times” indicate that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used to spy on more than 30 Thailand protestors.
Apple has acted to block Hermit spyware, attributed to an Italian software firm, which targeted iOS devices by posing as an enterprise app.
The EU has just released an interim report concerning NSO’s Pegasus spyware. The company admitted to five EU countries using the software.
Pegasus spyware was confirmed to have targeted European Union officials after Apple send a mass alert warning them about the threat.
The government of Israel is opening an investigation to determine if its own law enforcement used Pegasus spyware against Israeli businesses.
As if one wasn’t enough, sources indicate there’s a second Pegasus, by a different spy firm, attacking vulnerable iPhones and iPads.
Omer Benjakob has put together a helpful list of NSO targets that includes every individual believed to have been infected with the group’s Pegasus spyware.
So far, targets have been found across the world: from India and Uganda to Mexico and the West Bank, with high-profile victims including U.S. officials and a New York Times journalist. Now, for the first time, Haaretz has assembled a list of confirmed cases involving Pegasus spyware.
Saudi human rights activist Loujain AlHathloul, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is suing DarkMatter for hacking her iPhone. DarkMatter Group was created and run by former U.S. intelligence operatives.
Reuters broke the news about the hacking program called Project Raven in 2019, reporting that when UAE transferred the surveillance work to Emirati firm DarkMatter, the U.S. operatives, who learned spycraft working for the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies, went along and ran DarkMatter’s hacking program, which targeted human rights activists like AlHathloul, political dissenters, and even Americans residing in the U.S.
ArsTechnica shares the story of how U.S. diplomats in Uganda were hacked by Pegasus, a spyware tool from NSO Group.
Israeli and US officials declined to confirm that the Ugandan hack directly triggered a decision to blacklist NSO. But one US official who discussed the issue with Israel’s defense ministry said: “Look at the entire sequence of events here—this is careful, not by chance.” He added that putting NSO, one of the jewels of Israel’s tech community, on a US blacklist was designed to “punish and isolate” the company.