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Private Intelligence Is Changing the Way Spy Services Work

Private Intelligence Is Changing the Way Spy Services Work

From Sipher Brief In place of the government monopoly on espionage technology, today there is a boisterous bazaar of information and data vendors. These companies sell a wide variety of social media intelligence tools, earth observation capabilities, large-scale information storage and processing, mobile phone location data, global HUMINT platforms, and sophisticated telemetry intelligence capabilities. This...

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How to Protect Yourself From NSO Spyware

The U.S. government has advice for journalists and activists: Watch out for spyware. The National Counterintelligence and Security Center doesn’t mention NSO, the Israeli company whose Pegasus spyware has been implicated in policies of surveillance and repression around the world. But the warning described Pegasus’ powers exactly. Companies and individuals have been selling commercial surveillance...

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Israeli Spyware Used to Surveil Activists World Wide

Israeli Spyware Used to Surveil Activists World Wide

Military-grade spyware leased by the Israeli firm NSO Group to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and the two women closest to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and 16...

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Biden Briefer Defended Israeli Spyware Firm Implicated in Abuses

Biden Briefer Defended Israeli Spyware Firm Implicated in Abuses

After last night’s Democratic presidential debate, Anita Dunn, senior adviser to the Biden campaign, spun reporters on the Vice President’s performance. Last years, Dunn, who served as communications director in Barack Obama’s White House, did similar duty for NSO, the spyware firm founded by former Israeli intelligence officers. NSO created the infamous Pegasus intrusion tool,...

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Jeff Bezos’ Phone Was Hacked by Saudi Crown Prince, Say British Reports

The Guardian had the scoop first, based on anonymous sources. The FInancial Times confirmed the story citing cybersecurity experts hired by the Amazon mogul. These experts are said to have “medium to high confidence” that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was involved, says FT. MBS has established a close relationship with President Trump and...

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