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Can a Cold War Treaty Curb the Spyware Industry?

Can a Cold War Treaty Curb the Spyware Industry?

From Yossi Melman at Haaretz.com The change tightens oversight of “intrusion software” designed to break into smartphones and decipher encryption on digital devices. Companies specializing in forensic cybertechnology will be affected most. That’s the field dealing with the development of software that helps law enforcement agencies collect evidence and reconstruct cellphone data in criminal investigations....

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Indian Journalists Say They’ve Been Targeted by NSO Spyware

Indian Journalists Say They’ve Been Targeted by NSO Spyware

The Columbia Journalism review reports that five Indian journalists have been notifed by WhatsApp of attempts to hack their phone. In October 2019, WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, sued the Israeli technology firm NSO Group in a United States federal court and accused the company of exploiting a vulnerability in WhatsApp to enable its...

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Ex-Obama Official and Washington Post Columnist Quits Israeli Spyware Firm

Ex-Obama Official and Washington Post Columnist Quits Israeli Spyware Firm

NSO, the Israeli private intelligence firm is becoming notorious. Known for spyware that Saudi Arabia and Mexican drug cartels have used to spy on journalists and dissidents, NSO has sought respectability by hiring Americans like Juliette Kayyem, a Harvard professor and Washington Post columnist. I noted last last year that Kayyem’s dual positions as a...

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WhatsApp Sues NSO, the Israeli Tech Firm, for Spyware Targeting Activists and Journalists 

From The New Yorker: On Tuesday, WhatsApp took the extraordinary step of announcing that it had traced the malware back to NSO Group, a spyware-maker based in Israel, and filed a lawsuit against the company—and also its parent, Q Cyber Technologies—in a Northern California court, accusing it of “unlawful access and use” of WhatsApp computers....

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Washington Post’s New Columnist Consults for NSO Spyware Firm That Helps Saudi Arabia Surveil Journalists

Washington Post’s New Columnist Consults for NSO Spyware Firm That Helps Saudi Arabia Surveil Journalists

This Washington Post’s newest columnist, Juliette Kayyem, has a problem. “The NSO Group’s Pegasus technology has been used by governments to track civil society, journalists, political dissidents, and others across the world,” the UN’s Kaye said in the letter, which specifically noted the allegations that Pegasus was used to target Khashoggi. “How will NSO Group...

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