Israeli spyware maker NSO Group has taken a leaf out of Hollywood in an attempt to avoid any legal repercussions from making and selling tools that hack WhatsApp users' phones.
Governments, including those of Italy, Israel and Singapore, have used cellphone data to track potentially infected people and their contacts.Other than China, South Korea is virtually the only country in the world whose government has the power to collect such data at will during an epidemic, according to Prof.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up. Tens of thousands of Israelis attempted to appeal after the phone tracking system identified them as needing to quarantine and about half the appeals were upheld, Ayelet Grinbaum, who was representing the Health Ministry at the hearing, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Israel's government must stop using its domestic security agency to tackle the novel coronavirus by tracking mobile phone data, the head of a parliamentary committee said Wednesday.
Members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) met with employees of the U.S.-branch of the controversial Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group and received a demo of the company's powerful phone hacking technology, according to emails obtained by Motherboard.
George Loder, 50, of Scarborough is suing the Maine Intelligence Analysis Center, and its supervisors, claiming he was demoted after he told his bosses that the center was collecting and maintaining data illegally, including information about people who had applied to buy guns from firearms dealers, those who legally protested and those who worked at a Maine international camp for Israeli and Arab teens.
TEL AVIV: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday (May 5) authorised Israel's Shin Bet security service to continue using mobile phone data to track people infected by the coronavirus until May 26, prolonging an initiative described by critics as a threat to privacy.
But one expert, John Scott-Railton of Citizen Lab, who has worked with WhatsApp on the case, said NSO’s control of the servers involved in the hack suggests the company would have had logs, including IP addresses, identifying the users who were being targeted.
NSO Group — a secretive Israeli spyware firm facing allegations that it hacked platforms like WhatsApp and helped authoritative governments spy on dissidents — now claims that Facebook tried to buy its surveillance technology in 2017 to monitor its users.
For example, Israel has implemented a system that involves the collection and use of cellphone location data to identify at-risk individuals, who may receive text messages warning that they need to self-quarantine.
7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media warns of Israel committing mass violations of digital rights, especially the right to privacy, under the pretext of managing the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus.
The head of Israel’s shadowy Shin Bet internal security service said Tuesday that his agency received Cabinet approval overnight to start deploying the agency’s phone surveillance technology to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Israel, a move that sparked widespread criticism from lawmakers and civil rights groups.
Israel has passed emergency measures that will allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with (via BBC News).
Netanyahu’s Cabinet on Sunday authorized the Shin Bet security agency to use its phone-snooping tactics on coronavirus patients, an official confirmed, despite concerns from civil-liberties advocates that the practice would raise serious privacy issues.
While touting measures to protect Israelis from the coronavirus, Netanyahu did not touch on what the Jewish state is planning to do to stop the spread of the disease in the Palestinian territories it occupies and effectively controls.“Not a single word about Israel’s actions to protect millions of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation,” ACLU Human Rights Program Director Jamil Dakwar tweeted.
In addition to the personal details of almost 6.5 million Israelis which leaked for the second time, the new flaws also revealed correspondence between activists and potential voters as well as the app’s source code, according to activist hacker Noam Rotem and Ran Bar-Zik, a senior developer at Verizon Media, who discovered the leaks.
The voter registry was uploaded by Likud to the Elector app, which is used by the party to manage Election Day. The firm that developed the application, Feed-b, commented that the vulnerability was a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with," and that security measures have since been boosted.
TikTok, a mobile video app popular with teens, was vulnerable to SMS spoofing attacks that could have led to the extraction of private information, according to infosec researchers.Research from Israeli outfit Check Point found that an attacker could send a spoofed SMS message to a user containing a malicious link.
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded complies with its ethics principles, the company said on Friday.
October ended with the news that an Israeli spyware called Pegasus was used to snoop around two dozen Indian users of WhatsApp, including notable journalists, lawyers and activists.
The Congress on Sunday claimed that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had received a text message from WhatsApp alerting her to a possible privacy breach about a month ago, as did others whose phones were similarly hacked with the Pegasus spyware from the Israel-based technology and cyber intelligence firm, NSO Group.“When WhatsApp sent out messages to all hacked phones, one such message was sent to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s mobile phone too.
At the end of month, Yahoo announced that if you had an account any time between Jan.1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2016, and are a resident of the US or Israel, you are part of the settlement class and can file a claim for part of the $117,500,000 settlement fund.
TechCrunch reports Google has proposed a new privacy initiative that aims to curb tracking by digital marketers and advertisers.Gallup reports its poll of 1,522 Americans revealed respondents are divided on whether big tech companies need more regulation.
Israel is a major exporter of surveillance technology, according to a June 2019 report by U.N. Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression David Kaye, which called for a global moratorium on such exports until a human rights compliant regime was put in place.
Shankar Narayan, the director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Forbes that he’d held meetings with Microsoft in Seattle last year in which the tech giant appeared receptive to ideas on holding back the spread of facial recognition.
Potential customers of the Israeli company NSO's hacking software have allegedly been told that the technology can now "surreptitiously scrape all of an individual's data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft".
Apple is facing a new security threat, thanks to developments in the spyware/surveillance tool sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group. Via the Financial Times, the Pegasus phone software now not only harvests data from the user’s onboard storage, but also all communications with the connected cloud.