The Guardian: British judge rules dissident can sue Saudi Arabia for Pegasus hacking

The Guardian: British judge rules dissident can sue Saudi Arabia for Pegasus hacking. “A British judge has ruled that a case against the kingdom of Saudi Arabia brought by a dissident satirist who was targeted with spyware can proceed, a decision that has been hailed as precedent-setting and one that could allow other hacking victims in Britain to sue foreign governments who order such attacks.”

New York Times: Defense Firm Said U.S. Spies Backed Its Bid for Pegasus Spyware Maker

New York Times: Defense Firm Said U.S. Spies Backed Its Bid for Pegasus Spyware Maker. “Spokesmen for L3Harris and NSO declined to comment about the negotiations between the companies. A spokeswoman for Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, declined to comment on whether any American intelligence officials quietly blessed the discussions. A spokesman for the Commerce Department declined to give specifics about any discussions with L3 Harris about purchasing NSO.”

WIRED: Google Warns of New Spyware Targeting iOS and Android Users

WIRED: Google Warns of New Spyware Targeting iOS and Android Users. “IN HEARINGS THIS week, the notorious spyware vendor NSO group told European legislators that at least five EU countries have used its powerful Pegasus surveillance malware. But as ever more comes to light about the reality of how NSO’s products have been abused around the world, researchers are also working to raise awareness that the surveillance-for-hire industry goes far beyond one company.”

WIRED: Spyware Vendors Target Android With Zero-Day Exploits

WIRED: Spyware Vendors Target Android With Zero-Day Exploits. “NSO GROUP AND its powerful Pegasus malware have dominated the debate over commercial spyware vendors who sell their hacking tools to governments, but researchers and tech companies are increasingly sounding the alarm about activity in the wider surveillance-for-hire industry. As part of this effort, Google’s Threat Analysis Group is publishing details on Thursday of three campaigns that used the popular Predator spyware, developed by the North Macedonian firm Cytrox, to target Android users.”

The New Yorker: How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

The New Yorker: How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens. “Commercial spyware has grown into an industry estimated to be worth twelve billion dollars. It is largely unregulated and increasingly controversial. In recent years, investigations by the Citizen Lab and Amnesty International have revealed the presence of Pegasus on the phones of politicians, activists, and dissidents under repressive regimes. An analysis by Forensic Architecture, a research group at the University of London, has linked Pegasus to three hundred acts of physical violence.”

The Guardian: Victim’s iPhone hacked by Pegasus spyware weeks after Apple sued NSO

The Guardian: Victim’s iPhone hacked by Pegasus spyware weeks after Apple sued NSO. “New evidence has revealed that an Apple iPhone was successfully hacked by a government user of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware in December, weeks after the technology giant sued the Israeli company in a US court and called for it to be banned from ‘harming individuals’ using Apple products.”

CTech: No one was immune: Israel Police Pegasus surveillance list revealed

CTech: No one was immune: Israel Police Pegasus surveillance list revealed. “Calcalist can reveal for the first time a list of dozens of citizens who were targeted by Israel Police, having their phones hacked by NSO spyware and their personal information swiped and filed away. The surveillance was conducted to phish for intelligence even before any investigation had been opened against the targets, and without judicial warrants. Israel Police said in response that its people are ‘cooperating with the Attorney General of Israel’s examination team.’”

The Guardian: NSO offered US mobile security firm ‘bags of cash’, whistleblower claims

The Guardian: NSO offered US mobile security firm ‘bags of cash’, whistleblower claims. “A whistleblower has alleged that an executive at NSO Group offered a US-based mobile security company ‘bags of cash’ in exchange for access to a global signalling network used to track individuals through their mobile phone, according to a complaint that was made to the US Department of Justice.”

EXCLUSIVE iPhone flaw exploited by second Israeli spy firm-sources (Reuters)

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE iPhone flaw exploited by second Israeli spy firm-sources. “A flaw in Apple’s software exploited by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group to break into iPhones in 2021 was simultaneously abused by a competing company, according to five people familiar with the matter. QuaDream, the sources said, is a smaller and lower profile Israeli firm that also develops smartphone hacking tools intended for government clients.”

CTech: Israeli police used NSO’s Pegasus to spy on local mayors, their relatives

CTech: Israeli police used NSO’s Pegasus to spy on local mayors, their relatives. “After last week’s multi-part exposé detailed how police’s SIGINT unit had been allegedly employing the controversial Pegasus malware to spy on civilians, Calcalist is revealing that law enforcement tapped the phones of at least three mayors and heads of local councils for the purposes of ‘phishing’ – all under the guise of intelligence activities.”