Apple ramps up war on spyware, a growing digital scourge

Written by Tonya Riley Jul 6, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP Apple will introduce a feature this fall allowing users to lock services that could otherwise be exploited by malicious hackers looking…

Zero-day exploits found and disclosed hit a record high in 2021, Google Project Zero says

Written by AJ Vicens Apr 19, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP Researchers at Google’s Project Zero said they tracked 58 cases of zero-day exploits “in the wild” in 2021 — the most…

Report: Research ties Pegasus spyware on phone Jamal Khashoggi’s wife to UAE agents

Written by Tonya Riley Dec 21, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP United Arab Emirates agents loaded Pegasus spyware on the phone of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s wife months before his death, the Washington…

Meta removes accounts of spyware company Cytrox after Citizen Lab report on gov't hacks

Citizen Lab has released a new report highlighting widespread government use of the “Predator” spyware from North Macedonian developer Cytrox. Researchers found that Predator was used to attack two people…

Meta takes down 7 hacking-for-hire operations that targeted 50,000 users

Written by Tonya Riley Dec 16, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP Meta removed seven “surveillance-for-hire” organizations that used Facebook to target at least 50,000 individuals across 100 countries for surveillance operations, some…

NSO zero-click iMessage exploit hacks iPhone without need to click links

The IT security researchers at Google have declared the NSO zero-click iMessage exploit as “Terrifying.” Google Project Zero’s (GPZ) Ian Beer and Samuel Groß have shared details on a new…

Google: This zero-click iPhone attack was incredible and terrifying

Google has explained how surveillance company NSO Group developed an exploit that would allow users of its software to gain access to an iPhone and install spyware – without a…

NSO Group's latest spyware on par with nation-state abilities, researchers say

Written by AJ Vicens Dec 15, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP When Apple announced Nov. 23 that it filed a lawsuit against Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, it claimed that the firm…

Saudi human rights activist files lawsuit against former US intelligence operatives for hacking scandal

Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has filed a lawsuit against spyware maker DarkMatter Group and three former US intelligence operatives for their role in helping the United Arab Emirates…

Israeli govt pledges greater oversight of cyber exports after NSO tools used to spy on US officials

The Israeli government’s Defense Exports Control Agency sent out a notice late on Monday indicating it would be enforcing stricter rules governing the export of offensive cyber tools. The announcement…