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The co-founder of a company that has been trusted by technology giants including Google and Twitter to deliver sensitive passwords to millions of their customers also operated a service that ultimately helped governments secretly surveil and track mobile phones, according to former employees and clients.
The phones of 11 US State Department employees were hacked with spyware from Israel’s NSO Group, the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company, a person familiar with the matter said on Dec 3.
Cybercriminals are following the money as more companies and consumers move online, targeting them with banking Trojans, malware that masquerades as ordinary apps.
Government invites citizen volunteers to flag unlawful, anti-national content as content removal requests on social media have surged. Activists fear creation of surveillance state.
A Thai rapper vowed not to be silenced after he and at least five other government critics received messages from Apple warning that state-sponsored hackers could be targeting their phones.
Apple is suing spyware maker NSO, seeking a block against further attempts to hack into or spy on its users' devices.
The company, whose spyware researchers say has been used around the world to break into the phones of human rights activists, journalists, and even members of the Catholic clergy, said it would advocate for a reversal.
India’s Supreme Court has ordered a panel of experts to investigate whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration used the Pegasus spyware to surveil opposition leaders, activists, tycoons, judges and journalists.
An Iranian hacking group that targeted a US presidential campaign in last year’s election has continued to wage widespread attacks, using an evolving list of tactics to dupe victims into clicking on malicious links.