citizen lab

The Weakest Link

It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
State of Surveillance

They Got 'Everything': Inside a Demo of NSO Group's Powerful iPhone Malware

A source managed to see Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group’s powerful iPhone malware up close. Despite a wave of highly controversial customers, the company appears to be popular worldwide.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
State of Surveillance

Cyber Sleuths Find Traces of Infamous iPhone and Android Spyware ‘Pegasus’ in 45 Countries

A new report by digital human rights researchers reveals that the infamous spyware Pegasus, made by NSO Group, has traces in 45 countries around the world, including the United States.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

A Canadian Company Is Blocking LGBTQ Content for Censorious Regimes

Netsweeper is blocking content in 30 countries, according to a new report from Toronto-based research group Citizen Lab.
Jordan Pearson

Chinese Government Forces Residents To Install Surveillance App With Awful Security

Last year, authorities told residents of a Muslim-populated part of China to install JingWang, an app that scans for certain files. Now, researchers have found it transfers the collected data with no encryption.
Joseph Cox
Iran protests

This App Is Helping Iranians Beat Tehran’s Internet Censorship

Psiphon, a Toronto-born app, has seen a 1,650% increase in downloads.
Justin Ling
State of Surveillance

Ethiopia Allegedly Spied on Security Researcher With Israel-Made Spyware

The digital rights watchdog Citizen Lab has exposed a new spyware company that sells surveillance technology to governments.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
State of Surveillance

Mexico's Sloppy Hacking Attempts Expose Customers of a $1 Billion Spyware Company

A customer of the secretive spyware maker NSO Group is trying to hack several journalists and human rights activists in Mexico.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
humans of the year

Ron Deibert’s Lab Is the 'Robin Hood' of Cybersecurity

How one man built a unique lab whose mission is to document how the free internet is slipping into surveillance and censorship.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Internet Insecurity

Egyptian Human Rights Activists Are Being Targeted in 'Dangerous' Hacking Campaign

Since last November, hackers have been relentlessly trying to break into the online accounts of dozens of Egyptian human rights and civil liberties activists.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

The Canadian Government’s Plan to Sell New Spying Powers to Citizens

The proposed measure has been defeated again and again.
Jordan Pearson

Apple Patches OS X Vulnerabilities After Cyberattack on Human Rights Dissident

Apple just issued a patch for yet another vulnerability discovered as part of the cyberattack on a UAE human rights dissident.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai