Archiv: NSO Group / Q (spy corporation)


15.10.2021 - 03:30 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Staats-Trojaner: Bundesnachrichtendienst spitzelt mit Pegasus

Stand: 08.10.2021 12:07 Uhr

Deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden nutzen die umstrittene Spionagesoftware Pegasus offenbar umfangreicher als bisher bekannt. Neben dem Bundeskriminalamt soll auch der BND die umstrittene Technologie einsetzen, wie Recherchen von NDR, WDR, SZ und „Zeit“ ergeben.

05.10.2021 - 00:35 [ Middle East Monitor ]

After NSO Group, warning issued against second Israeli spyware firm

(October 4, 2021)

The July report by Citizen’s Lab and Microsoft found that Candiru had been used to spy on more than 100 human rights activists, regime opponents, journalists and scholars from countries such as Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, UK, Turkey and even Israel.

Revelations about Candiru make it the first time that fingers were being pointed at a second Israeli cyber-surveillance company, which is considered a competitor of the NSO Group. The notorious Israeli firm sparked a global scandal in July following the discovery that as many as 50,000 phones were targeted by its Pegasus spyware.

05.10.2021 - 00:24 [ Haaretz ]

Cellphone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed

(Sep. 7, 2020)

NSO’s specialty is hacking smartphones. Up till now, little was known about Candiru. TheMarker has revealed that the firm offers hacking tools used to break into computers and servers, and now, for the first time, has confirmed it also has technology for breaking into mobile devices.

24.09.2021 - 15:42 [ ORF.at ]

EU erhielt die zwölfte Cybersicherheitsorganisation

(04.07.2021)

Ein aktuelles, schlagendes Beispiel dafür ist die Neufassung der deutschen Cybersicherheitsstrategie. In Deutschland ist es Teil dieser Strategie, gewisse neuentdeckte Software-Sicherheitslücken für Polizei – und Geheimdienste offenzuhalten, die deutsche Cyberbehörde ZiTis soll die zugehörige Trojaner-Schadsoftware für mehrere Dutzend deutsche Bundes- Landesbehörden entwickeln.

08.09.2021 - 08:42 [ Tagesschau.de ]

IT-Sicherheitslücken: Wie weit darf der Staat gehen?

Eine Entscheidung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts zwingt nun die Bundesregierung dazu, eine Entscheidung zu treffen.

07.09.2021 - 20:13 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s ‘FBI’ Bought Israeli NSO’s Spyware Despite Knowledge of Rights Abuses, Report Says

It is unclear, however, what oversight was done on the actual usage and in what context the program was used, if at all.

The report, which is likely to cause a stir in Germany, adds that lawmakers are expected to be briefed about it later this week.

07.09.2021 - 20:05 [ Singapore News Live ]

Germany admits police used controversial Pegasus spyware, Europe News & Top Stories

The German government admitted on Tuesday (Sept 7) that its federal police service used controversial Israeli spyware known as Pegasus, parliamentary sources told AFP, drawing immediate criticism from rights groups.

07.09.2021 - 19:14 [ ORF.at ]

Auch Deutschland kaufte Pegasus-Spähsoftware

Das BKA soll die Software des Unternehmens NSO Group Ende 2019 beschafft haben – das berichteten „Zeit“, „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, NDR und WDR unter Berufung auf gemeinsame Recherchen. Die Beschaffung sei trotz Bedenken von Juristen in der Behörde und im Innenministerium erfolgt. Aus Parlamentskreisen hieß es, es gebe jetzt die Bestätigung, dass die umstrittene Software „in wenigen Fällen“ durch das BKA auch eingesetzt worden sei.

09.08.2021 - 09:04 [ CyberPreserve / Twitter ]

A week after Apple introduced an important update iOS 14.7, which despite including critical security fixes, failed to address a vulnerability in iMessage that can be misused by the adversaries to pose a threat and attack iPhones via Pegasus malware.

(02.08.2021)

09.08.2021 - 08:53 [ Raya / Twitter ]

Shocking how Apple still has the nerve to claim they care about user privacy, just a few weeks after the Pegasus leak revealed that a spyware took advantage of (among other things) a big vulnerability on iMessage… the same app they’re now deploying a privacy backdoor to…

(06.08.2021)

28.07.2021 - 12:35 [ Amnesty International ]

Joint open letter by civil society organizations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology

The investigation has so far also identified at least 180 journalists in 20 countries who were selected for potential targeting with NSO spyware between 2016 to June 2021. Deeply concerning details that have emerged include evidence that family members of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were targeted with Pegasus software before and after his murder in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by Saudi operatives,despite repeated denials from NSO Group that its products were used to target Khashoggi or his family members.

The revelations are only a tip of the iceberg.

28.07.2021 - 12:27 [ Digitalcourage.de ]

Digitalcourage und 145 weitere Organisationen fordern ein sofortiges Moratorium für Überwachungstechnologien

Digitalcourage und 145 weitere Organisationen fordern ein sofortiges Moratorium für Überwachungstechnologien. Als Reaktion auf die Veröffentlichungen des „Pegasus-Projekt“ ist jetzt die Politik gefordert, den Schutz von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern in den Vordergrund zu stellen. Daher müssen staatliche Genehmigungen für Verkauf und Export solcher Technologien umgehend ausgesetzt werden, mindestens bis Regulierungen zum Schutz der Menschenrechte umgesetzt wurden.

Die Berichterstattung der letzten Woche zum Pegasus-Projekt hat bestätigt, wie gefährlich die Entwicklung, der Vertrieb und die Nutzung von Überwachungstechnologien für Demokratie und Menschenrechte ist. Der Einsatz von Staatstrojanern, wie der Pegasus-Software, ist eine Gefahr für Demokratie und Menschenrechte. Durch die Installation derartiger Software können Dritte die vollständige Kontrolle über das Gerät übernehmen und so z.B. Nachrichten auf einem Smartphone mitlesen oder Mikrofon und Kamera aus der Ferne einschalten. Daher haben sich über 145 Organisationen und 28 Expert.innen zusammengetan und einen offenen Brief verfasst, welcher nun von Amnesty International veröffentlicht wurde.

28.07.2021 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

NSO Spyware Scandal May Threaten Israel’s Love Affair With Amazon and Google

he idea is that computing services will be supplied by local cloud sites, and the information – from the government, the IDF and private bodies – will be processed and stored within the borders of Israel and subject to state laws. This will take place by establishing Israeli subsidiaries to large companies like Amazon and Google that will do business with the government.

27.07.2021 - 15:18 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Pegasus-Abhörskandal erschüttert in Mexiko erneut die Gesellschaft

Wie Amerika21 berichtete konnte 2017 nachgewiesen werden, dass die Software Pegasus der israelischen Firma NSO Group zur Fernüberwachung von Smartphones in Mexiko dazu verwendet wurde, um Regierungskritiker:innen, Journalist:innen und Menschenrechtsaktivist:innen zu überwachen, darunter auch die Rechtsvertreter:innen der Familien der gewaltsam verschwundenen 43 Studenten von Ayotzinapa.

27.07.2021 - 07:34 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Punitive Measures Against Israeli NSO Over Spyware Allegations

Finally, the four House Democrats call to „investigate and assess the possible targeting of American journalists, aid works, diplomats and others’ with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, determine whether America’s national security was harmed, and take steps to protect all Americans, including federal employees, from the threat posed by the growing mercenary spyware industry.“

26.07.2021 - 12:05 [ ZDF ]

Reporter ohne Grenzen – Pegasus „nicht nur ein israelisches Problem“

Das sagt Mihr über Software als Waffe:

„Es fehlt der politische Wille. Es gibt seit 2013 im Rahmen des Wassenaar Arrangement zu konventionellen Waffen ein Regulierungsregime, aber da ist Israel nicht Mitglied. Und das ist nicht nur ein israelisches Problem. Das ist potenziell auch ein europäisches Problem.“

23.07.2021 - 06:49 [ ORF.at ]

EU erhielt die zwölfte Cybersicherheitsorganisation

(04.07.2021)

Ein aktuelles, schlagendes Beispiel dafür ist die Neufassung der deutschen Cybersicherheitsstrategie. In Deutschland ist es Teil dieser Strategie, gewisse neuentdeckte Software-Sicherheitslücken für Polizei – und Geheimdienste offenzuhalten, die deutsche Cyberbehörde ZiTis soll die zugehörige Trojaner-Schadsoftware für mehrere Dutzend deutsche Bundes- Landesbehörden entwickeln.

23.07.2021 - 06:44 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Spähsoftware: Merkel fordert Verkaufslimit für „Pegasus“

Merkel erklärte, der Verkauf der Software müsse an restriktive Bedingungen geknüpft werden. So solle sie nicht an Länder geliefert werden, „in den eine gerichtliche Überwachung von solchen Angriffen vielleicht nicht gesichert ist“.

23.07.2021 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

(26.06.2021)

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

23.07.2021 - 06:26 [ Haaretz ]

Pegasus Project: Israel Will Review Defense Export Regulation After NSO Allegations, Lawmaker Says

(22.07.2021)

The Israeli interministerial team „will conduct its checks, and we will be sure to look into the findings and see if we need to fix things here,“ Ben Barak said.

DECA is within Israel’s Defense Ministry and oversees NSO exports.

21.07.2021 - 19:10 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Israel forms damage control team after NSO Pegasus spyware reports

Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz spoke at the same conference and said Israel was „studying“ reports about the alleged use of the Pegasus software in violation of the terms of its export license.

“We approve the export of cyber products only to governments and only for lawful use in order to prevent crime and terrorism. Countries who purchase those systems must adhere to the conditions of use,“ Gantz said.

21.07.2021 - 19:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Knesset fights Bennett’s proposal to let IDF and NSO Group track virus patients

(31 March 2020)

Earlier in the day, in a series of tweets, Bennett had floated the idea of giving the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Unit 8200, along with NSO, access to highly personal data of Israeli citizens that had been collected by the Shin Bet security service and Health Ministry as part of an already contentious mass surveillance program.

21.07.2021 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s NSO and Pegasus Are a Clear and Present Danger to Democracy Around the World

After 12 years of Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister, in which human rights activists and Knesset members were smeared as supporters of terrorism, critical journalists deemed enemies of the people and left-wing voters as traitors, why would the Israeli public, which had grown accustomed to view dissident voices as enemies, care about what happens to journalists in Azerbaijan, India or Hungary?

21.07.2021 - 08:21 [ theWire.in ]

Pegasus Project: 14 World Leaders in Leaked Database

NSO Group, which counts some 36 governments around the world as its customers, denies the database has anything to do with the company, its spyware or its clients.

However, a forensic examination of a cross-section of phones by the Pegasus Project – an international media consortium comprising 17 news organisations, including The Wire – found traces of the deadly spyware on 37 phones on the leaked list.

21.07.2021 - 05:15 [ Washington Post ]

U.S. and E.U. security officials wary of NSO links to Israeli intelligence

In interviews, several current and former officials said they presumed that the company, which was founded by former Israeli intelligence officers, provides at least some information to the government in Jerusalem about who is using its spying products and what information they’re collecting.

“It’s crazy to think that NSO wouldn’t share sensitive national security information with the government of Israel,” said one former senior U.S. national security official who has worked closely with the Israeli security services and, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly describe intelligence operations

21.07.2021 - 05:07 [ Washington Post ]

The Pegasus Project | A global investigation – On the list: Ten prime ministers, three presidents and a king

Spies for centuries have trained their sights on those who shape destinies of nations: presidents, prime ministers, kings.

And in the 21st century, most of them carry smartphones.

19.07.2021 - 18:16 [ Golem.de ]

NSO Group: Pegasus-Staatstrojaner für Android entdeckt

(4. April 2017)

Die Sicherheitsfirma Lookout hat in Kooperation mit Google eine Android-Version der Pegasus-Spionagesoftware gefunden. Im vergangenen Jahr hatte das Unternehmen in Kooperation mit dem Citizen Lab der Universität Toronto die iOS-Version der Schadsoftware gefunden, die vor allem gegen Aktivisten und Dissidenten eingesetzt wird.

19.07.2021 - 17:14 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Coalition party demands answers from Gantz on NSO spyware

Head of left-wing Meretz, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, to meet with defense minister this week, with fellow lawmaker calling on Israel to halt company’s exports, likening it to ‚exporting weaponry‘

19.07.2021 - 08:07 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Spionagesoftware „Pegasus“: Darf’s ein bisschen mehr sein?

Ein Jahr zuvor, im Oktober 2017, wurde NSO schon beim Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in Wiesbaden vorstellig. Ebenso gab es Gespräche mit dem BND und dem Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz. Mit den Cyberexperten vom bayerischen Landeskriminalamt (LKA) trafen sich die Vertreter der israelischen Firma im Jahr 2019 sogar gleich zwei Mal. Bei einer weiteren Vorführung im September 2019 im Innenministerium in München war sogar Minister Joachim Herrmann anwesend, wie ein Sprecher mitteilte.

Die deutschen Sicherheitsexperten waren sehr beeindruckt von der Technologie von NSO, berichten Teilnehmer der Produktvorführungen.

19.07.2021 - 06:19 [ Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project / Twitter ]

iMessage, WhatsApp, and FaceTime are vulnerable to „zero-click exploits“ — bugs that allow hackers to commandeer a mobile phone even when the target does nothing to trigger the breach. #PegasusProject

19.07.2021 - 06:15 [ Bill Marczak / Twitter ]

(1) @AmnestyTech saw an iOS 14.6 device hacked with a zero-click iMessage exploit to install Pegasus. We at @citizenlab also saw 14.6 device hacked with a zero-click iMessage exploit to install Pegasus. All this indicates that NSO Group can break into the latest iPhones.

19.07.2021 - 05:06 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Spähsoftware: Wie „Pegasus“ aufs Handy kommt

Sicherheitsexperten von Amnesty International fanden auf mehreren, auch aktuellen iPhones Spuren der „Pegasus“-Software, die anscheinend auf diesem Weg auf das Gerät gelangt war. Ihrer Analyse zufolge kann das Spähprogramm unter Ausnutzung des internetbasierten Dienstes iMessage aus der Ferne installiert werden. Die NSO-Kunden müssen dafür nur die Telefonnummer der Zielperson eingeben.

19.07.2021 - 04:48 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trojaner „Pegasus“: Wie autoritäre Staaten ihre Gegner ausspähen

Gemeinsam mit der Organisation Forbidden Stories und Amnesty International haben die Journalisten einen Datensatz von mehr als 50.000 Telefonnummern ausgewertet.

Es handelt sich dabei um eine Liste von potenziellen Ausspähzielen, die von Kunden der israelischen Firma NSO Group ausgewählt wurden. NSO gehört zu den führenden Herstellern kommerzieller Spionagesoftware,

19.07.2021 - 04:40 [ Haaretz ]

NSO’s Pegasus: The Israeli Cyber Weapon Oppressive Regimes Used Against 180 Journalists

Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International had access to a leak of more than 50,000 records of phone numbers that NSO clients selected for surveillance. According to an analysis of these records by the group and its partners, more than 180 journalists were selected in 21 countries by at least 12 NSO clients.

03.01.2021 - 09:45 [ Haaretz ]

A Shady Israeli Intel Genius, His Cyber-spy Van and Million-dollar Deals

(31.12.2020)

Aliada, according to the suit, is a group of cyberweapon companies whose products are branded under the name Intellexa. In May 2019, it added, the group recruited Eran Beck, a former head of the Military Intelligence’s cyber department, as its director of development.

07.12.2020 - 20:19 [ Haaretz ]

The Cartel Project | Leading Mexican Journalist Targeted by Israeli NSO’s Spyware, Global Investigation Reveals

Israeli technologies in particular have a good reputation with Mexican officials. „In Mexico, it’s typical for the security and intelligence community to think that Israel has the most advanced technologies and the best techniques for civilian and military training,“ said Paloma Mendoza Cortés, analyst and consultant on national security issues.

24.09.2020 - 11:21 [ Haaretz.com ]

Putin Investigators Targeting LGBTQs, Navalny, Use Israeli Phone-hacking Tech

Carmil resents a comparison with the NSO Group. “I know the people at NSO and appreciate their know-how, but Cellebrite works in the legitimate world of the police force, whose abilities are closely controlled, unlike the world of NSO customers and others who engage in illegal and concealed activity. Cellebrite is totally on the good side, where court orders are used. We do not make tools for breaking into private entities or espionage organizations.”

03.09.2020 - 20:53 [ Haaretz ]

Cellphone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed

NSO’s specialty is hacking smartphones. Up till now, little was known about Candiru. TheMarker has revealed that the firm offers hacking tools used to break into computers and servers, and now, for the first time, has confirmed it also has technology for breaking into mobile devices.

According to a document signed by an unnamed vice president for Candiru, they also offer a “high-end cyber intelligence platform dedicated to infiltrate PC computers, networks, mobile handsets, by using explosions and disseminations operations.“

23.08.2020 - 12:04 [ MIT Technology Review ]

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

(19.08.2020)

In an age of ubiquitous technology and strong encryption, such “lawful hacking” has emerged as a powerful tool for public safety when law enforcement needs access to data. NSO insists that the vast majority of its customers are European democracies, although since it doesn’t release client lists and the countries themselves remain silent, that has never been verified.

23.08.2020 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

With Israel’s Encouragement, NSO Sold Spyware to UAE and Other Gulf States

The Israeli company has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

14.07.2020 - 10:11 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israeli court dismisses Amnesty bid to block spyware firm NSO

A Tel Aviv court has rejected a legal case filed by Amnesty International that attempted to block the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group from selling its cyberweapons internationally.

The rights groups sought to force the Israeli defence ministry to revoke NSO Group’s export licence for its leading phone-hacking software, Pegasus. Amnesty’s lawyers alleged the product had been used by repressive governments to target activists, including one the rights group’s own researchers, as well as journalists.

14.07.2020 - 10:09 [ Amnesty.org ]

Israel: Court rejects bid to revoke notorious spyware firm NSO Group’s export licence

“Today’s disgraceful ruling is a cruel blow to people put at risk around the world by NSO Group selling its products to notorious human rights abusers. At a moment when NSO and the Israeli MOD should be held accountable for their practices, it is appalling that the court has failed to do so.

“NSO Group continues to profit from human rights abuses with impunity. The ruling of the court flies in the face of the mountains of evidence of NSO Group’s spyware being used to target human rights defenders from Saudi Arabia to Mexico, including the basis of this case – the targeting of one of our own Amnesty employees. We will continue to do all we can to stop NSO Group’s spyware being used to commit human rights abuses.

22.06.2020 - 08:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s NSO Helped Moroccan Gov’t Spy on Journalist, Amnesty Claims

Israeli cyber espionage company NSO provided tools that helped the Moroccan regime track a local journalist named Omar Radi, according to a thorough investigation that human rights organization Amnesty International conducted over the past few months. The report was released on Monday.

The espionage against Radi began only a few days after NSO ostensibly committed itself to a new policy of transparency in keeping with the United Nations’ human rights guidelines for companies, according to the Amnesty investigation.

22.06.2020 - 01:06 [ Tagesschau ]

Journalist mit „Pegasus“ ausgespäht?

Das Programm, das auf sein Handy gespielt worden sein soll, soll laut Amnesty-Analyse von der israelischen Firma NSO stammen und nennt sich „Pegasus“. Mithilfe der Software ist es möglich, jegliche Kommunikation eines Mobiltelefons mitzuschneiden – egal, ob es sich dabei um Telefonate, SMS oder E-Mails handelt. Offiziell wird die NSO-Software zur Jagd auf Verbrecher und Terroristen eingesetzt.

19.05.2020 - 18:15 [ Forbes ]

Facebook: Here’s Proof Israeli WhatsApp Hackers Ran Cyberweapons In America

(24.04.2020)

The tech giant’s counsel filed a response to NSO’s move for dismissal that included two IP addresses and a handful of websites it claims were used by NSO Group to attack WhatsApp users in spring 2019. One was hosted by Amazon Web Services in the U.S., the others by Californian company QuadraNet and a German provider.

19.05.2020 - 18:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

WhatsApp: Israeli firm ‚deeply involved‘ in hacking our users

(29.04.2020)

According to WhatsApp’s filing, NSO gained “unauthorised access” to its servers by reverse-engineering the messaging app and then evading the company’s security features that prevent manipulation of the company’s call features. One WhatsApp engineer who investigated the hacks said in a sworn statement submitted to the court that in 720 instances, the IP address of a remote server was included in the malicious code used in the attacks. The remote server, the engineer said, was based in Los Angeles and owned by a company whose data centre was used by NSO.

29.04.2020 - 13:25 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Alleges Israeli Spyware Firm NSO Ran Attack Servers on U.S. Soil

(26.04.2020)

NSO also claimed that it and Q Cyber are entitled to immunity because they operate in the service of foreign countries. Facebook claims that the Israeli companies are not entitled to such immunity under U.S. law.

29.04.2020 - 13:15 [ ORF.at ]

Facebook-Anwälte zerlegen Überwachungsfirma NSO vor Gericht

(26.04.2020)

Auch auf dem Smartphone des in Istanbul ermordeten saudiarabischen Journalisten Dschamal Kashoggi wurde der NSO-Trojaner gefunden. Dafür hatte NSO die Übertragungsprotokolle von WhatsApp angegriffen, so die Klage. In Israel hingegen wird NSO-Software gerade zur Smartphone-Überwachung gegen die Verbreitung des Coronavirus vom Inlandsgeheimdienst Shin Bet eingesetzt.

18.03.2020 - 19:02 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

NSO Group: Israelischer Spyware-Hersteller will Corona-Tracker verkaufen

Die Cyber-Intelligence-Firma NSO Group behauptet, eine Software entwickelt zu haben, mit der Gesundheitsministerien die Ausbreitung des Corona-Virus verfolgen können. Angeblich nutzen rund ein Dutzend Staaten sie bereits zu Testzwecken.

30.10.2019 - 09:21 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Sues Israel’s NSO Group Over Alleged WhatsApp Hack

Facebook is seeking to have NSO barred from accessing or attempting to access WhatsApp and Facebook’s services after hacking spree that targeted journalists, diplomats, activists and others

19.05.2019 - 16:47 [ DailyMail..co.uk ]

Secretive Israeli firm behind WhatsApp spyware hack is sued by Amnesty International over ’surveillance of its staff‘

– Amnesty International have filed a lawsuit in Israel following the WhatsApp hack
– Amnesty have accused NSO of not giving due diligence in selling their product
– This week WhatsApp said NSO’s spyware software was used in a security breach
– WhatsApp said the attack may have been launched against human rights groups

19.05.2019 - 16:44 [ Amnesty International ]

Israel: Amnesty International engages in legal action to stop NSO Group’s web of surveillance

(13.05.2019)

Amnesty International is supporting a legal action to take the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to court, to demand that it revokes the export license of NSO Group, an Israeli company whose spyware products have been used in chilling attacks on human rights defenders around the world.

In a petition to be filed tomorrow at the District Court of Tel Aviv, approximately 30 members and supporters of Amnesty International Israel and others from the human rights community set out how the MoD has put human rights at risk by allowing NSO to continue exporting its products.

14.05.2019 - 21:19 [ New York Times ]

WhatsApp Rushes to Fix Security Flaw Exposed in Hacking of Lawyer’s Phone

An Israeli firm accused of supplying tools for spying on human-rights activists and journalists now faces claims that its technology can use a security hole in WhatsApp, the messaging app used by 1.5 billion people, to break into the digital communications of iPhone and Android phone users.

Security researchers said they had found so-called spyware — designed to take advantage of the WhatsApp flaw — that bears the characteristics of technology from the company, the NSO Group.

14.05.2019 - 21:18 [ Winfuture.de ]

Spionage-Malware dringt in WhatsApp ein – alle sollen patchen!

Unabhängig davon, ob ein Anruf angenommen wird oder nicht, kann allein schon mit dem Versuch eines Verbindungsaufbaus der Exploit-Code übermittelt werden, so dass sich die Malware installieren lässt.

Eine Schad-Software, die diesen Bug bereits aktiv ausnutzt, ist ein Staatstrojaner namens Pegasus. Dieser wird von der israelischen Firma NSO Group entwickelt und an verschiedene staatliche Behörden lizenziert.

14.05.2019 - 20:47 [ Forbes ]

WhatsApp Has Exposed Phones To Israeli Spyware — Update Your Apps Now

WhatsApp told the Financial Times, which broke the story, that „the attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems. We have briefed a number of human rights organizations to share the information we can, and to work with them to notify civil society.“

14.05.2019 - 20:46 [ goal300.com ]

Massive WhatsApp Attacks affects 1,500,000,000 users

On Monday, Amnesty International said it was backing legal action against the Israeli Ministry of Defence demanding that it revokes NSO Group’s export licence. Danna Ingleton, deputy director of Amnesty Tech, said: ‘NSO Group sells its products to governments who are known for outrageous human rights abuses, giving them the tools to track activists and critics.’

01.04.2019 - 06:43 [ CBS News ]

CEO of Israeli spyware-maker NSO on fighting terror, Khashoggi murder, and Saudi Arabia

(24.3.2019)

An Israeli company licenses software around the world that can crack just about any smartphone, but is its use always on the side of good?

01.04.2019 - 06:40 [ Gizmodo ]

Hacking Lawyers or Journalists Is Totally Fine, Says Notorious Cyberweapons Firm

(25.3.2019)

Hulio’s company, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, first made global headlines in 2016 when its tools were used by the authoritarian government of the UAE in order to spy on Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights activist. The company has never fully addressed the spying; Mansoor currently sits, untried and unable to regularly contact his family, in an unidentified prison somewhere in the UAE on charges of criticizing the UAE government.

The spotlight did not dissuade the company. Instead, it served as an advertisement to other authoritarian governments about NSO Group’s exceptional ability …

01.04.2019 - 06:21 [ Washington Post ]

An Israeli tech firm is selling spy software to dictators, betraying the country’s ideals

(5.12.2018)

Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz, who lives in Canada, has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli technology company called the NSO Group accusing it of providing the Saudi government with the surveillance software to spy on him and his friends — including Jamal Khashoggi. The program, known as Pegasus, not only allows the monitoring of all communications from a phone — all texts, all emails, all phone calls — but can also hijack a mobile phone’s microphone and camera to turn it into a surveillance device.

24.03.2019 - 09:51 [ New York Times ]

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

Before NSO helped the Saudi government track its adversaries outside the kingdom, and helped the Mexican government hunt drug kingpins, and earned hundreds of millions of dollars working for dozens of countries on six continents, the company consisted of two high school friends in northern Israel with one relatively mundane idea.

Using technology developed by graduates of Intelligence Unit 8200 — Israel’s equivalent of the N.S.A.— Shalev Hulio and Omri Lavie started a company in 2008 that allowed cellphone firms to gain remote access to their customers’ devices to perform maintenance.

Word spread to Western spy services, whose operatives spotted an opportunity.

13.10.2018 - 15:12 [ Business Insider ]

Saudi Arabia doesn’t officially recognize Israel, but its hackers are reportedly using Israeli spyware to target dissidents in foreign countries

(8.10.2018) Developed by Israeli cyber company NSO Group, Pegasus sends „exploit links“ to operators‘ targets, who can then access virtually all the phone’s data and can even use the phone’s camera to spy on conversations.

13.10.2018 - 14:52 [ Haaretz ]

Report: Saudi Arabia Used Israeli Cyberweapons to Target Dissident in Canada

(2.10.201) Agents apparently linked to the Saudi regime used spy technology from Israeli firm NSO Group Technologies to eavesdrop on a Saudi dissident in Canada, according to a report on Monday.

The Citizen Lab research group said it had “high confidence” that NSO’s Pegasus software had been used this summer to eavesdrop on a 27-year-old Saudi exile, Omar Abdulaziz.

01.08.2018 - 16:33 [ Amnesty International ]

Amnesty International staff targeted with malicious spyware

In early June 2018, an Amnesty International staff member received a suspicious WhatsApp message in Arabic. The text contained details about an alleged protest outside the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C., followed by a link to a website. Investigations by Amnesty International’s technology team revealed that clicking the link would have, according to prior knowledge, installed “Pegasus”, a sophisticated surveillance tool developed by the Israel-based company NSO Group.

01.08.2018 - 16:31 [ Haaretz ]

Amnesty: We Were Targeted With Israeli NSO Cyberweapons

Like many other Israeli startups in the security field, NSO was founded in 2010 by three veterans of the army’s premier signals intelligence unit, 8200: Niv Carmi, Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio. They started work on Pegasus, which remains NSO’s only product, immediately after founding the company.