spyware

Canadian Civil Liberties Association Demands RCMP Halt Spyware Use

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), a human rights organization that aims to protect the rights, dignity, safety, and freedoms of all people in Canada, has urged the federal government to immediately curb the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)'s spyware use. In a parliamentary filing earlier this year, the RCMP admitted to using what it...

Public Safety Minister Defends RCMP Spyware Use on Cellphones and More

After the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) previously admitted to using spyware to invade citizens' phones, laptops, and more, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino on Monday defended the Mounties' actions before MPs (via The National Post). The RCMP can use spyware — or "on device investigative tools," as the agency calls it — to gain...

Apple and Google Fix ‘Hermit’ Spyware Found on iPhone and Android Phones

Apple and Google have both confirmed that government-grade spyware 'Hermit' has infiltrated an unknown number of iOS and Android devices — reports TechCrunch. Security research firm Lookout found Hermit to be the work of Italian software house RCS Labs. The spyware uses various modules, which it downloads from its command and control servers as they...

Pegasus iPhone Spyware Infected Spanish Prime Minister’s Cellphone

The Spanish government on Monday announced during a press conference that the phones of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Defence Minister Margarita Robles were both infected by the infamous Pegasus spyware last year — reports The Guardian. Developed by Israeli surveillance and cyberintelligence company NSO Group, Pegasus is capable of accessing, taking over, and extracting...

‘Predator’ Spyware for iPhones Uncovered by Toronto Researchers

Citizen Lab, a cyber research arm of the University of Toronto, on Thursday published a detailed analysis of 'Predator' — a piece of spyware similar to Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO Group's infamous 'Pegasus', which can hack and harvest data from iPhones. Predator is developed and distributed by a previously little-known mercenary spyware development firm...

Powerful Spyware App Said to be Targeting iPhone Users

Researchers at mobile security firm Lookout have discovered that a powerful spyware app that was initially designed for Android devices is now also targeting iPhone users. The surveillance app’s developer is said to have abused the Apple-issued enterprise certificates to bypass the App Store and infect the victims (via TechCrunch). Security researchers say that the...

Outspoken Dissident in Quebec Finds Saudi Planted Spyware on His iPhone

Political activist Omar Abdulaziz arrived in Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2009 to study English at McGill University, and since then has drawn a sizeable on social media. Abdulaziz was granted political asylum and permanent Canadian residence when the Saudi Arabian government revoked his scholarship in 2013 because of his criticism of the Saudi regime. When Abdulaziz ordered a tub of...

Russian Cyberspies Allegedly Linked to Mac Spyware ‘Xagent’

Russian cyberspies known as APT28 have created a Mac version of their famous Xagent malware, which already has versions for Windows, iOS, and Android. The XAgentOSX malware, as the group calls it, includes several artifacts and shared components that link it to its Windows version, according to Bitdefender and Palo Alto researchers, who discovered attacks...

Canadian Spy Agency Targeted Android Smartphones to Implant Spyware

In case you thought everything was alright and secure with your mobile web browser, here is something that will force you to leave that comfort zone: A spy group alliance comprising Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand targeted and exploited weaknesses in mobile web browsers and sought ways to hijack data links...