spyware

Google pulls alleged UAE spying app ToTok from the Play Store, again

From TikTok to FaceApp, it can be hard to tell when an app has nefarious intentions hidden behind its useful or buzzworthy features. The same goes for ToTok. The New York Times reported in December

Facebook’s use of Onavo spyware faces questions in EU antitrust probe — report

Facebook’s use of the Onavo spyware VPN app it acquired in 2013 — and used to inform its 2014 purchase of the then rival WhatsApp messaging platform — is on the radar of Europe’s antitrust regulator,
Use These Antivirus and Anti-Malware Apps Instead of Avast

Use These Antivirus and Anti-Malware Apps Instead of Avast

If something is free—especially if it’s a complicated something, or something you’d probably have to pay for otherwise—the familiar saying is often true: You’re the product. It’s one of the reasons
The cost of Avast's Free Antivirus: Companies can spy on your clicks

The cost of Avast's Free Antivirus: Companies can spy on your clicks

Your antivirus should protect you, but what if it's handing over your browser history to a major marketing company? Relax. That's what Avast told the public after its browser extensions were found

UN alleges Saudi crown prince linked to hacking of Bezos’ iPhone

Allegations that the ruler of Saudi Arabia played a role in hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone made headlines around the world today. A forensic report indicates this was supposedly an iPhone X, and a WhatsApp

UN calls for investigation after Saudis linked to Bezos phone hack

United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a forensic report said Saudi officials “most likely” used a mobile hacking tool, such as one built by the NSO Group, to hack into the
Amnesty vs. NSO Group Israel spyware lawsuit goes behind closed doors

Amnesty vs. NSO Group Israel spyware lawsuit goes behind closed doors

In Israel on Thursday, a court ordered closed-door hearings in the legal bid by Amnesty International to stop the global export of NSO Group surveillance software, which Amnesty and other human rights

Samsung phones allegedly discovered to have Chinese spyware

Spyware is not unusual but it’s something that we don’t want to deal with. It is frowned upon especially if we’re talking about mobile devices. We’ve shared with you numerous reports about different
Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

Update 1: 2019/12/25 2:52pm PST ToTok has released a follow-up statement that continues to dance around the claims that its app is spyware. In the statement, ToTok cofounders Giac and Long first
Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance

Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance

If you've been using ToTok on any of your devices, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. The new messaging platform that was one of the most downloaded apps last week was swiftly removed
“The Indian government’s stand on data localisation is a bit of an overkill”

“The Indian government’s stand on data localisation is a bit of an overkill”

A multi-national approach is required for data protection.
Schools Spy on Kids to Prevent Shootings, But There's No Evidence It Works

Schools Spy on Kids to Prevent Shootings, But There's No Evidence It Works

Spyware like GoGuardian, Bark, and Gaggle are monitoring students’ internet habits, both on and off school grounds.
NSO Group employees kicked off Facebook for spying for brutal dictators are suing Facebook for violating their privacy

NSO Group employees kicked off Facebook for spying for brutal dictators are suing Facebook for violating their privacy

The NSO Group (previously) is an Israeli spyware company that sells tools to autocratic states that are used to spy on democratic opposition movements, journalists, and so on (the company's tools were

New WhatsApp Bug Could Have Let Hackers Secretly Install Spyware On Your Devices

The recent controversies surrounding the WhatsApp hacking haven't yet settled, and the world's most popular messaging platform could be in the choppy waters once again.The Hacker News has learned that
Russia May Require PC, Phone Vendors to Preload Apps

Russia May Require PC, Phone Vendors to Preload Apps

The Russian government is likely to pass a law mandating the installation of specific applications on PCs, smartphones, and tablets. The post Russia May Require PC, Phone Vendors to Preload Apps
How NSO Group Helps Countries Hack Targets

How NSO Group Helps Countries Hack Targets

The controversial Israeli spyware company is more involved in hacking targets than previously believed, according to sources.
Facebook lawsuit may increase accountability for spyware makers

Facebook lawsuit may increase accountability for spyware makers

Facebook has sued the NSO Group, a security software firm, alleging it was responsible for an attack against WhatsApp earlier this year. The high-profile lawsuit may help hold security firms more
A WhatsApp hack used Israeli spyware to target Rwandan dissidents

A WhatsApp hack used Israeli spyware to target Rwandan dissidents

Facebook lawsuit alleges the Israeli spyware firm NSO was hacking journalists, human rights activists and political activists.
Facebook has accused an Israeli tech firm of hacking WhatsApp to spy on activists, journalists

Facebook has accused an Israeli tech firm of hacking WhatsApp to spy on activists, journalists

At least 100 human rights activists and journalists were targeted in the attack, WhatsApp said.

Facebook sues Israeli firm over WhatsApp call exploit attacks

Facebook has filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group, accusing the Israeli cybersurveillance firm of using WhatsApp to spread spyware to 1,400 mobile devices in 20 countries from April through May.