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Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

A surveillance campaign utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the infamous spyware also known as FinSpy, has been tracked by security researchers. Seven countries have been affected, and in two of them, major internet providers have most likely been involved in infecting surveillance targets, according to security researchers …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2017
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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

The FBI is investigating allegations that Uber used its "Hell" program to track drivers from rival firm Lyft. The Wall Street Journal reports that one part of the investigation, led by the FBI's New York Office and Manhattan US Attorney's office, is into whether "Hell" counted as unauthorised computer access. An Uber …
Andrew Silver, 8 Sep 2017

Callisto Group snoopers wreak havoc with leaked HackingTeam spyware

Leaked HackingTeam spyware was used by a cyber-spy group to collect intelligence. The Callisto Group cyber-spies collected intel on foreign and security policy in eastern Europe and the south Caucasus using spyware developed for law enforcement agencies, according to F-Secure Labs. The group – which remains active – has …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2017

Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

Hackers are continuing to target Israeli Defence Force (IDF) personnel with Android spyware but doubts have emerged that Hamas is behind the cyber-spying operation. ViperRAT has been specifically designed to exfiltrate information of high value from compromised devices. "Many of these samples are still active and are …
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2017
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Macs don't get viruses? Hahaha, ha... seriously though, that Word doc could be malware

Hackers are menacing Apple Mac users with Word documents laced with malicious macros that install malware. Security researchers spotted a rash of poisonous files doing the rounds earlier this week, one of which was titled "U.S. Allies and Rivals Digest Trump's Victory – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.docm." Apple …
John Leyden, 9 Feb 2017
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More Androids carry phone-home firmware

Got a cheap-and-cheerful Android phone from BLU, Infinix, Doogee, Leagoo, IKU, Beeline or Xolo? It might be harbouring some badware in the firmware. The issue affects phones that use an over-the-air update mechanism from Chinese company according to BitSight researcher Dan Dahlberg and Anubis Networks' João Gouveia and Tiago …
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Monitoring software dev ordered to face wiretapping suit

The developer of a monitoring app has been ordered to face a civil wiretapping suit in the US. A ruling [PDF] from the US Sixth District Court of Appeals has overturned the previous dismissal of a suit against Awareness Technologies for violating portions of the US Wiretap Act on illegally intercepting and advertising wiretap …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2016

It should be a crime to install spyware on phones, thunders Plaid Cymru MP

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts has tabled a series of amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill which, among other things, could make it illegal to install spyware on someone's phone. Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd* in Wales, is concerned about how new tech and platforms can be misused. Speaking to The Register, she …
Gareth Corfield, 10 May 2016

Things we should regulate: Spyware cowboys – EU Data Protection Supervisor

The unregulated and growing market for spyware poses an increasing risk to privacy, an EU regulator warns. Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), argues that the trade in covert monitoring technology is not covered by existing European legislation and now he's calling for new policies to be …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2015
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Webcam spyware voyeur sentenced to community service

A UK voyeur who hacked webcams to spy on victims has avoided going to prison for his crimes. Stefan Rigo, 33, of Leeds, used the Blackshades malware to infect systems and spy on victims. He was arrested in November 2014 as part of an international operation targeting low-skilled crooks using Blackshades, which gives hackers …
John Leyden, 8 Oct 2015

Saudi Arabia: They liked Hacking Team so much they tried to buy the company

The Saudi Arabian government came close to buying a majority stake in Italian surveillance software firm Hacking Team last year. Wafic Saïd – a UK-based, Syrian-born businessman who is friends with the Saudi royal family – and Ronald Spogli, a former US ambassador to Italy, who indirectly owned a stake in Hacking Team, tried …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2015

Screenshot malware targeted innocent online poker players

Spyware is targeting users of the Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars online games – and it is said to allow cheats to get a sneaky advantage over honest players. The malware, named Odlanor, first checks if PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker is running before taking screenshots of the infected player’s virtual poker hand and their …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2015

Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

The Associated Press is suing the FBI over allegations government agents used a fake news story to plant malware on the PCs of suspected criminals. The news agency, along with the Reports Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed suit against the Feds on Thursday in the US District court in Washington, DC, asking the court to …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

A respected security researcher has denied any involvement with Hacking Team after open-source code he wrote was found in smartphone spyware sold by the surveillance-ware maker. Collin Mulliner works in SecLab at Northeastern University in Massachusetts, US, and is a regular at hacking conferences. He told The Register he's …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015

Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

The Hacking Team pushed out a new statement on Wednesday, moaning that the only victim of the mega-breach against its systems is Hacking Team itself. Eric Rabe, the firm's chief marketing and communications officer, complained that the controversial outfit is “being treated as the offender, and the criminals who attacked the …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2015
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Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's to-do list

Leaked emails have exposed plans by Hacking Team and a Boeing subsidiary to deliver spyware via drones for sale to government agencies. The scheme proposed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to deliver Hacking Team's Remote Control System Galileo spyware via Wi-Fi networks from above. Boeing subsidiary Insitu …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2015
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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

‪Hacking Team RCS spyware came pre-loaded with an UEFI (‬Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) ‪BIOS rootkit to hide itself on infected systems, it has emerged following the recent hacking of the controversial surveillance firm.‬ The stealth infection tactic, which has been revealed through leaked emails arising from last …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015

Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

Spyware peddler Hacking Team is moaning that, since its internal source code was leaked online, its tools for infecting PCs with malware are now in the hands of "terrorists and extortionists." The Italian biz is not wrong ... in a way: the leaked code, which exploits vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and the Windows operating …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jul 2015

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