Forced Entry: NSO Group Spies Secretly Seized Control of Apple Devices by Exploiting Flaw in Code

Apple has released an emergency software update to fix a security flaw in its iPhones and other products researchers found was being exploited by the Israeli-based NSO Group to infect the devices with its Pegasus spyware. The security exploit exposes “widespread abuse that we have associated with NSO Group and other companies like it,” says Ronald Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which discovered the security flaw. “This is … the most important crisis around global civil society right now.” Over 1.65 billion Apple products in use around the globe have been vulnerable to the spyware since at least March. Source link

0 Comments

Documents prove the Cabinet Office refused to search government devices linked to PPE scandal

Documents seen by The Canary prove that the cabinet office refused to have up to 450 devices searched as part of a legal action case brought against them by the Good Law Project. A High Court judge has now ruled the government should carry out additional searches for texts and WhatsApp messages for ‘selected individuals’. It was also ruled that it should investigate how MPs made decisions about VIP lanes despite the Cabinet Office claiming that this evidence doesn’t exist. This investigation further found that Pestfix, a pest control company that supplied PPE  didn’t meet the required standards. In documents seen by The Canary, the company, which was…

0 Comments

Rapid evaluation confirms lateral flow devices effective in detecting new COVID-19 variant

Scientists at PHE’s Porton Down laboratory have carried out a rapid evaluation using clinical and laboratory grown samples containing the VUI 202012/01 variant to test whether it can be detected by lateral flow devices (LFDs) currently in use across the country. Five LFDs were tested. Each device is either in use as part of mass testing or going through the final stages of validation at PHE. Each device successfully detected samples containing the new variant. LFDs are one of the new tools being used to help detect COVID-19 and results can be delivered rapidly in under 30 minutes. The devices can identify people who have high levels of…

0 Comments