Google's report said the RCS spyware it uncovered, and which was dubbed "Hermit", is the same one that Lookout reported on previously.
Israel's police, accused by rights groups of using notorious Pegasus hacking spyware, find evidence pointing to improper use of sophisticated spyware by its force to snoop on citizens' phones.
The tech giant says the network used to surreptitiously mine bitcoin and was cut off at least for now from the people wielding it on the internet.
Lawsuit filed against NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies for alleged surveillance and targeting of Apple iPhones with its Pegasus spyware.
For Israel, the basic human rights of colonised Palestinians, such as the right to privacy, are irrelevant.
Recent reports of the Israeli army’s facial recognition program and the NSO Group’s hacking of activists highlights the ongoing digital repression meted out against Palestinians.
The Israeli firm is behind the Pegasus phone hacking spyware that has reportedly been used around the world to break into the phones of human rights activists, journalists and politicians.
Among potential targets found on a list of 50,000 phone numbers leaked to Amnesty and nonprofit Forbidden Stories include Presidents Emmanuel Macron of France, Imran Khan of Pakistan, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Barham Salih of Iraq.
The latest NSO Group hack reveals grievous abuse of democracy, but this is not the first time the Israeli-linked company has been used as a weapon to target people.
Opening a new area of tensions, the United States is joined by NATO, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Canada to level allegations against the Chinese government for “malicious” cyber activity.
Several tech giants have joined the legal battle against the Israeli spyware firm for creating a “systemic cybersecurity risk.”
Reaping nearly $100 million in sales over five years, the British government provided spyware, wiretaps and other telecom interception tools to 17 countries, many with a track record of targeting dissent and undemocratic behaviour.
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