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The rulers of the United Arab Emirates had been using Israeli spyware for more than a year, secretly turning the smartphones of dissidents at home or rivals abroad into surveillance devices.
Huge: Israeli malware vendor NSO Group accused of hacking real, live targets in product demos to impress clients. Lawsuit alleges the company itself carried out illegal spying. NSO has capability for up to date iPhones, etc
Did an Israeli company help the United Arab Emirates try to spy on a London-based journalist, a Saudi prince, the Qatari Emir and a Lebanese politician?
'As private companies develop and sell cutting-edge surveillance technology to governments for tens of millions of dollars, human rights groups say the scant oversight over the practice invites rampant misuse.'
UAE ramps up use of Israeli spyware. "Because Israel deems the spyware a weapon, the lawsuits note, the NSO Group and its affiliates could have sold it to the Emirates only with approval by the Israeli Defense Ministry"
'Emirati target list also included Saudi Arabia. In email discussions about updating NSO Group’s technology, the Emiratis asked to intercept phone calls of Saudi prince Mutaib bin Abdullah who was considered at the time a possible contender for the throne'
"Could the company secretly record the phones of the emir of Qatar, a regional rival, the Emiratis asked? How about the phone of a powerful Saudi prince who directed the kingdom’s national guard?"
Unacceptable: Rulers of the United Arab Emirates have been using Israeli spyware to surveil and record the phone calls of a journalist. Mexico used the same spyware to target journalists and activists.
Wild story. Lawsuits against NSO based on leaked emails and documents provided to a Qatari journalist. I got this gut feeling #Bahamut might have had something to do with it.
An Israeli company that sells spyware to governments says it bears no responsibility if its clients eavesdrop on journalists, rights activists or foreign officials
When top Emirati officials were offered a pricey update of their Israeli spying technology, they wanted to make sure it worked. 'Could the company secretly record the phones of the emir of Qatar, they asked? How about the phone of a powerful Saudi prince?'
Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client
“The technology works by sending text messages to a target’s smartphone...the spyware...is secretly downloaded, enabling governments to monitor phone calls, emails, contacts and potentially even face-to-face conversations conducted nearby.”
Excellent reporting by and on the UAE's use of Israeli spyware to spy on high value targets. Details are fascinating.
Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client
Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client via “The rulers of the UAE had been using Israeli spyware for more than a year, secretly turning the smartphones of dissidents at home or rivals abroad into surveillance devices”
Txt msgs were were tailored for the Persian Gulf with invitations like “Ramadan is near — incredible discounts” and “keep your car tires from exploding in the heat.”
Welp! The UAE used NSO malware to target 159 members of the Qatari royal family after the diplomatic crisis in 2017.
“Because Israel deems the spyware a weapon, the lawsuits note, the NSO Group and its affiliates could have sold it to the Emirates only with approval by the Israeli Defense Ministry”
#UAE used the #Israel-based NSO Group to spy on a troublesome journalist in London and tried to hack the emir of #Qatar's calls and Sa'd Hariri's. Dog bites man stuff. The attempt to spy on #Saudi Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah is more novel.
Today's Gulf: One Gulf government (likely) hacking emails to reveal another state's deployment of Israeli spyware on iPhones of other states' officials and activists. We are all doomed.
retweeting to correct a typo in the handle of my colleague the great , who has dominated the NSO story: Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client
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Peeping Toms #UAE #Mexico illegally targeted journalists, activists with #Israel spyware - and sales approved by Israel government
#نيويورك_تايمز تكشف تفاصيل عمليات تجسس تقوم بها دولة #الإمارات_العربية_المتحدة داخل الدولة وخارجها عبر اقتناء برامج المراقبة التى تسوقها الشركة الإسرائيلية NSO Group- الهواتف المستهدفة: هاتف أمير قطر الشيخ تميم والأمير متعب بن عبدالله وَعَبد العزيز الخميس.