Google Reveals Italian Spyware Used for Hacking Apple, Android Smartphones

An Italian company’s hacking tools were used to spy on Apple and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan, Alphabet’s Google said in a report on Thursday. Milan-based RCS Lab, whose website claims European law enforcement agencies as clients, developed tools to spy on private messages and contacts of the targeted devices, the report said. Google‘s […]

Pegasus Spyware was Detected Twice on PM Sanchez’s Phone in May 2021

Spanish authorities have detected Pegasus spyware in the mobile phones of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Defence Minister Margarita Robles, the government minister for the presidency, Felix Bolanos, said on Monday.  Bolanos told a news conference Sanchez’s phone was infected in May 2021 and at least one data leak occurred then. He would not say […]

Israeli Police Used ‘Weaker’ Variant of Pegasus Than Export Version: NSO

The chief of Israeli spyware firm NSO Group said on Tuesday it had sold the country’s police a variant of the Pegasus hacking tool that can access local cellphones, but which he described as being “weaker” than the export version. Unsourced media reports last month of warrantless wiretaps by Israeli police using Pegasus added a […]

EU to Probe ‘Political’ Use of Pegasus Spyware in Member Countries

The European Parliament on Thursday created a “committee of inquiry” to probe accusations over the use of Pegasus spyware by governments in the bloc, notably in Hungary and Poland. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to “investigate alleged breaches of EU law in the use of the surveillance software by, among others, Hungary and Poland”, a statement said. […]

Pegasus Spyware Maker NSO Sues Newspaper for Defamation

The embattled Israeli spytech firm NSO Group filed Sunday a defamation lawsuit against a newspaper that reported its Pegasus software had been used by police against dozens of prominent Israelis. The reports by the business daily Calcalist triggered public outrage in Israel, with the government promising answers and President Isaac Herzog saying the alleged police […]

Pegasus: Israeli Probe Finds No Sign of Police Abuse in Spyware Case

An Israeli investigation found “no indication” that police illegally hacked the mobile phones of dozens of public figures, the Justice Ministry announced Monday, contradicting the key claims of a series of explosive investigative reports in a leading Israeli newspaper. Israel’s attorney general ordered the investigation last month in the wake of the unsourced reports by […]

How a Saudi Activist’s iPhone Revealed NSO and Hacking Around the World

A single activist helped turn the tide against NSO Group, one of the world’s most sophisticated spyware companies now facing a cascade of legal action and scrutiny in Washington over damaging new allegations that its software was used to hack government officials and dissidents around the world. It all started with a software glitch on […]

Pegasus: Lawyers in Netanyahu Trial Say No Illegal Phone Taps Found

Prosecutors in the high-profile corruption case against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that police have found no unlawful use of phone surveillance technology against witnesses in the trial. The state attorney’s response to the court came a week after an Israeli newspaper report alleged that police used spyware to hack the phones of […]

Pegasus Row: Domestic Use of Israel’s Spyware Sparks Scandal at Home

Israel’s ground-breaking surveillance technology was once feted as a prized export bolstering diplomatic ties abroad, but reports the secret spyware was also turned on citizens at home has trigged domestic outrage. Bombshell allegations in Israeli media centre on the controversial Pegasus malware made by the Israeli firm NSO, which can turn a phone into a […]

Israeli Police Used Spyware on Benjamin Netanyahu’s Son, Aides

Israeli police illegally spied on the phones of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son and members of his inner circle, a local newspaper reported Monday. The report prompted a high-level investigation and threw the former leader’s corruption trial into disarray. Netanyahu demanded a “strong and independent investigation” into the alleged police misuse of sophisticated spyware […]

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