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Hacking Team’s New Owner: ‘We’re Starting From Scratch’

The head of Memento Labs, the new company that acquired infamous spyware vendor Hacking Team, admitted there’s a lot to do to recover after the 2015 breach and the damage to its reputation. But he believes it can compete against market leaders NSO Group.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.18.19
Hacking

Kaspersky Lab Will Now Alert Users to 'Stalkerware' Used In Domestic Abuse

Antivirus company Kaspersky Lab announced that its Android security product will now mark all stalkerware apps as malware, prompting users to delete them.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.3.19
Hacking

Prosecutors Launch Investigation Into Company That Put Malware on Google Play Store

Italian government authorities have launched an inquiry into eSurv, a company that made spyware apps that it concealed as legitimate and innocuous-looking apps on the Google Play Store.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.1.19
Hacking

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Security researchers have found a new kind of government malware that was hiding in plain sight within apps on Android’s Play Store. And they appear to have uncovered a case of lawful intercept gone wrong.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Riccardo Coluccini
3.29.19
When Spies Come Home

Hosting Provider Finally Takes Down Spyware Leak of Thousands of Photos and Phone Calls

After Motherboard reported that a consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data online, the company’s hosting provider took it down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.26.19
Hacking

Israeli Hacking Company NSO Group Is Trying to Clean Up Its Image

The notorious and controversial Israeli hacking and surveillance tools vendor NSO Group has launched a big marketing campaign with a new website and Google ads.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.25.19
When Spies Come Home

This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can't Even Tell You About It

A consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data, including intimate pictures and private call recordings, for all to see on a server freely accessible over the internet. And it still hasn’t taken the data down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.22.19
When Spies Come Home

PayPal Processes Payments for ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners

The booming industry of spyware to spy on romantic partners doesn’t exist in a vacuum: Companies need financial and tech giants to process their payments and advertise their wares.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.20.19
When Spies Come Home

How to Tell If Your Partner is Spying on Your Phone

"Stalkerware" apps let abusers monitor their partner's phones and track their locations—without them knowing.
Samantha Cole
12.11.18
Hacking

Malware Companies Are Finding New Ways to Spy on iPhones

Kaspersky Lab’s found evidence that a small spyware government contractor sells iOS malware, showing it may not be as rare as some people think.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.27.18
spyware

‘Stalkerware’ Website Let Anyone Intercept Texts of Tens of Thousands of People

A hacker exposes the awful security of two companies that sell spyware for consumers. By simply viewing the HTML of a particular website, anyone could log in and rummage through Facebook messages, texts, and phone call data.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.31.18
Hacking

How ‘Mr. Hashtag’ Helped Saudi Arabia Spy on Dissidents

Saud Al-Qahtani, a close advisor of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, was tasked with buying Hacking Team spyware, and apparently moonlighted as a member of online cybercrime website Hack Forums.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.29.18
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