Archiv: Pegasus (spy program)


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)

03.08.2021 - 17:47 [ Anadolu Agency ]

National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists protest against alleged phone tapping of journalists and politicians, and against Pegasus snooping row around Parliament House in New Delhi, India on August 2, 2021.

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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.

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“.

20.07.2021 - 19:45 [ RT ]

‘Shameful’: Mexico’s president vows probe into allegations Pegasus malware used by previous govt to spy on him and dozens more

The president of Mexico has vowed to open an investigation into reports that members of the previous government had bought Israeli spying software and had used it to spy on the country’s current socialist leader, among others.

In a speech on Tuesday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador labeled allegations that the previous administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto spied on him and his associates as “shameful.”

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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

23.06.2019 - 12:52 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Saudi Arabia buys $300m spyware from Israel

(20.06.2019)

The sources stressed that the Saudi intelligence services have sought to obtain advanced spyware in order to trace the Kingdom’s citizens – both in the country and abroad – amidst increasing criticism of the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia therefore reached out to the Israeli market and struck a deal worth $300m with representatives of Israeli firms, the sources said, adding that both sides met and reached the deal in UK capital London.

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.