25 countries bought European spyware to spy on EU politicians
At least 25 countries purchased the Predator spyware, according to research by Amnesty International. The spyware was then used to spy on politicians from the EU and the US. The findings show that European laws failed to regulate the sale of spyware, which followed the discovery of Pegasus spyware.... Read more
Apple patches actively exploited vulnerabilities against Pegasus spyware
Apple has fixed two critical vulnerabilities for iOS and macOS. The vulnerabilities allowed the Pegasus spyware to be installed on fully updated iPhones.
The vulnerabilities CVE-2023-41064 and CVE-2023-41061 were actively exploited to install the Pegasus spyware from the Israeli company NSO Grou... Read more
Spyware vendor itself victim of cybercrime
LetMeSpy has been hacked, resulting in the leakage of user data. The so-called mobile "stalkerware" service claims to be mainly useful for legitimate purposes. However, its capabilities are well-suited to the aims of malicious users.
The developer of LetMeSpy says a hacker stole the application'... Read more
Screen recording app was spying on its users
ESET reports that an Android app was secretly spying on its users. iRecorder - Screen Recorder introduced malicious code through an app update almost a year after its initial listing on Google Play. ESET's research exposed that this code enabled the app to covertly upload one minute of ambient audi... Read more
EU Parliament wants to curb use of spyware
MEPs sound the alarm on "threat to democracy" and demand regulatory reforms
On Monday evening, the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware adopted its final report and recommendations to beef up the regulation and control... Read more
MEPs accuse several member states of spyware usage
The MEP in charge of the probe is highly critical of some of the bloc's members.
The lead lawmaker investigating the use of spyware in Europe is calling out several powerful European politicians, according to a report in POLITICO.
The investigation is headed by Sophie in ’t Veld, a Dutch M... Read more
MEPs want Brussels to have more power over spyware regulation
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) want to curb the rampant use and abuse of spyware in the bloc.
MEPs are planning to propose that Brussels be given broad and overriding powers to enforce laws aimed at curbing improper use of spyware. They claim that a 'federal-style' mandate is needed b... Read more
DSIRF is behind spyware targeting law firms and banks, Microsoft says
According to Microsoft, Austria-based firm DSIRF is the main perpetrator behind the spyware targeting law firms, banks and strategic institutions in at least three countries.
On July 27, Microsoft security researchers claimed that Austria-based DSIRF is behind a digital spyware program used to ... Read more
‘European Commission staff phones compromised by Pegasus spyware’
Apple informed top EU officials that their iPhones may have been infiltrated by NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.
The European Union has found evidence that smartphones used by some of its staff were compromised by NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, the bloc's top justice official said in a letter seen by ... Read more
At least five European member states use Pegasus for espionage
Pegasus spyware is used by at least five European member states. Its developer, NSO Group, is under investigation by the European Union. The parliament wants to know if and how the spyware is used in Europe.
In 2020, over 70 journalists proved that several governments use Pegasus to eavesdrop on... Read more