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Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools in Mideast, Mexico

Lawsuit lays bare Israel-made hack tools in Mideast, Mexico

Technology
One day late last year, Qatari newspaper editor Abdullah Al-Athbah came home, removed the SIM card from his iPhone 7 and smashed it to pieces with a hammer. A source had just handed Al-Athbah a cache of emails suggesting that his phone had been targeted by hacking software made by Israel's NSO Group. He told The Associated Press he considered the phone compromised. "I feared that someone could get back into it," he said in an interview Friday. "I needed to protect my sources." Al-Athbah, who edits Qatar's Al-Arab newspaper, now has a new phone, a new SIM card and a new approach to email attachments and links. He says he never opens anything, "even from the most trusted circles in my life." Al-Athbah's discovery touched off a process that has led, months later, to parallel lawsuits filed ...
Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

Technology
A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's network and downloading internal files, according to reports.The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the system many times over the course of a year from his suburban home in Melbourne, reports The Age newspaper.It says he stored the documents in a folder called 'hacky hack hack'.Apple insists that no customer data was compromised.But The Age reports that the boy had accessed customer accounts.In a statement to the BBC, Apple said: "We vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats. "In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access,...
Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

World
The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software.He said the hackers also stole data on half a million voters from a state election board website.The Kremlin said there was no evidence linking the 12 to military intelligence or hacking.The claims were "an old duck" and a "heap of conspiracy schemes", said Moscow's foreign ministry in a statement.Friday's indictment was the first by US officials to directly charge Russia's government with meddling in the US vote two years ago. Four intriguing lines in Mueller charges Who's who in Russia-Trump drama? What are the a...
Russia accused of global net hack attacks

Russia accused of global net hack attacks

Technology
State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say.The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint alert warning of a global campaign.The alert details methods used to compromise the networking equipment used to move traffic across the net. This could be used be used to mount a future offensive, it warned.Basic weaknessIn a press conference about the alert, White House cyber-security co-ordinator Rob Joyce said the US and its allies had "high confidence" that Russia was behind the "broad campaign". Intelligence gathered by the US and UK suggested that millions of machines directing data around the net were being targeted, he said. Compromised device...
Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

Technology
A British surgeon who helped Syrian doctors online has told the Telegraph he fears his computer was hacked, leading to an air strike on a hospital.David Nott, who has performed surgery in various war zones, helped his Syrian colleagues during an operation, via Skype and WhatsApp, on just one occasion.The 2016 operation was later broadcast by the BBC's Newsnight programme.Weeks after this, the Aleppo hospital was hit by a "bunker buster" bomb.Dr Nott thinks the hackers were able to discover its location via his computer. Cyber-security professionals say his theory is plausible, but the BBC has spoken to two experts who think another approach - if hackers were involved at all - would have been more likely.Cyber-security researcher and blogger Graham Cluley pointed out that at one point in Ne...