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Posted 19 July 2019 - 08:11 PM

Israeli Security Company Reportedly Has Tool That Spies On Apple, Google And Facebook Cloud Data

  • A Financial Times report details allegations that an Israel-based cybersecurity company has developed spyware that can scrape data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft products.
  • NSO Group denies that it markets software capable of capturing data in the cloud.
  • The company was behind a WhatsApp flaw discovered in May that allowed its software to be downloaded to phones through a simple phone call.

CNBC
Kate Fazzini
Annie Palmer
Updated Fri, Jul 19 2019 11:32 AM EDT

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An Israeli cybersecurity company has developed spyware that can scrape data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft products, according to The Financial Times.

The report says NSO Group’s proprietary smartphone malware, Pegasus, harvests not only data stored on a device, but also any information stored in the cloud, including a user’s location data, archived messages and photos.

NSO Group, who previously installed malware in Facebook’s WhatsApp, denied that it markets software capable of capturing data in the cloud. It’s unclear if it has developed the tools internally.

“The Financial Times got it wrong. NSO’s products do not provide the type of collection capabilities and access to cloud applications, services, or infrastructure suggested in this article,” the company told CNBC in a statement.

“Increasingly sophisticated terrorists and criminals are taking advantage of encrypted technologies to plan and conceal their crimes, leaving intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the dark and putting public safety and national security at risk. NSO’s lawful interception products are designed to confront this challenge.”

NSO Group says it has a screening process for clients and only sells to responsible governments for facilitating terrorism or criminal investigations.

In May, WhatsApp said a flaw in the messenger service could allow NSO Group software to be downloaded to phones through a simple phone call and to monitor calls made through the service. The Facebook-owned application put a patch in place to fix the problem.

NSO Group is also known for its alleged role in assisting the FBI in opening the phone of the San Bernardino mass shooter after Apple fought an FBI request to do so.

After the malware is installed on a device, the new capability can copy authentication keys from services including Google Drive, Facebook Messenger and iCloud, according to the FT. A separate server then mimics the device, including its location.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 08:41 PM

Anyone who doesn't realize that their personal information has been around the world and back several times is naive.
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 12:03 PM

Internet aside, with all the street corner cameras, and in businesses etc. it's best to take for granted that that every word and action is being recorded. Privacy no longer exists unless you're completely off the grid. Just gotta live with it.
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 12:39 PM

View PostHowsithangin, on 19 July 2019 - 08:41 PM, said:

Anyone who doesn't realize that their personal information has been around the world and back several times is naive.

And has been monitored from the early 90's (See Carnivore and Predator.) We and the Brits were alleged to have these nsa type programs and have spied on each others populaces (we on the brit citizens and them on us and exchanging the info back and forth to avoid any.."complications" related to privacy laws in both Countries) Back then the govt said it was just a wild Conspiracy theory..and now?..Seems the Brit secret squirrels may be implicated in spying on a certain political campaign..More Conspiracies?

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