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Apple releases update patching zero-day vulnerability affecting all devices

Apple has released a security update patching a zero-day vulnerability that affected all devices like iPhones, iPads, Mac, and Apple Watches. The vulnerability, titled “ForcedEntry ” was detected by Citizen Watch. It was used to silently hack at least one Bahraini activist and was utilized to push Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli NSO, to the activist’s phone. The spyware was able to break Apple’s new BlastDoor protection as well.

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NSO Group’s Cloud infrastructure shut down by Amazon

AWS has closed off accounts and infrastructure linked to Israeli software company NSO Group. NSO group’s spyware Pegasus was used to hack the phones of journalists, government officials, and human rights activists around the world. 17 newspaper publications conducted investigations and reported the incident. The Israeli company denied the reports while Amazon has not clarified if the accounts were directly linked to the NSO Group.

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How to detect if NSO’s Pegasus spyware targeted your smartphone

The Mobile Verification Toolkit, or MVT, works on both iPhones and Android. It allows scanning a whole iPhone backup for any signs of compromise. In the outputted files, if the toolkit discovers a possible compromise, it will state so. iPhones had more forensic traces than Android smartphones, making it easier to identify on iPhones. Govts across the world used NSO Group’s spyware to hack into the phones of journalists, activists, politicians, and business executives.

Microsoft, Google join legal battle against hacking firm NSO

Microsoft and Google joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking firm NSO. The tech giants have filed an amicus brief in federal court that said that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.”  FB’s lawsuit against NSO was filed last year after it was revealed that the NSO had exploited a bug in WhatsApp to help surveil over 1,400 people worldwide.  NSO said that as it sells digital break-in tools to govt agencies it should benefit from “sovereign immunity.”

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Journalists’ iPhones hacked with NSO ‘zero-click’ spyware

Journalists at Al-Jazeera have been targeted by advanced spyware in an attack likely linked to the govt of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab said. The most alarming part is that iMessages were infecting mobiles without victims taking any action. Malware used push notifications to instruct phones to upload content to servers linked to the NSO Group turning iPhones into surveillance tools without luring users to click on suspicious links or texts.

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