Yikes! According to reports, Israeli spyware was used to hack at least 9 Apple phones belonging to US State Department employees working in Uganda or on Ugandan matters.
The highly capable Pegasus spyware was allegedly made by a shadowy Israeli company known as the NSO Group, and was advanced enough to capture encrypted messages, photos, and other information. It could also turn the phones into devices to record and monitor surroundings.
BREAKING: Apple alerts US ?? diplomats to #Pegasus spyware hacking.
NSO = in-plain-sight national security threat for years.
Embarrassing that it took a private company to warn them.
How did we get here? THREAD 1/
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) December 3, 2021
NSO Group said in a statement on Thursday that it did not have any indication their tools were used but canceled access for the relevant customers and would investigate based on the Reuters inquiry.
“If our investigation shall show these actions indeed happened with NSO’s tools, such customer will be terminated permanently and legal actions will take place,” said an NSO spokesperson, who added that NSO will also “cooperate with any relevant government authority and present the full information we will have.”
[…]In a public response, NSO has said its technology helps stop terrorism and that they’ve installed controls to curb spying against innocent targets.
For example, NSO says its intrusion system cannot work on phones with U.S. numbers beginning with the country code +1.
NSO added that they only sell their product to law enforcement and intelligence community clients.
So who utilized the software to hack the phones? And what exactly were they looking for??
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