Israel targets Al Jazeera journalists with spying Malware

    Israel has hit news headlines for spying on at least 36 Al Jazeera Journalists through a spying mobile malware developed by a company named NSO Group. And the highlight of this cyber attack is that so call threat actors spied on the phones just by inducing the malware through push notifications.

    The spying took place in between July and August 2020 where Pegasus malware developed by NSO was seen hacking 36 smartphones belonging to Journalists, producers, anchors, and executives of Al Jazeera said a source from Citizen Lab.

    According to a news post on Al Araby TV of London, the hacking took place under full knowledge of Israeli Intelligence and was carried out by throwing a highly malicious clicking bait to the victims.

    Technically, Pegasus software is a kind of software that was developed to carry out surveillance on mobile phones. And in the latest attack, it was discovered that the software was developed in such a way that one click could infect the entire network within no time and that too without a trace.

    Citizen Labs stated that the attack was carried out through servers owned by Aruba, Choopa, CloudSigma and Digital Ocean CSPs based in Germany, France, UK and Italy respectively.

    Note- All those iPhones operating on iOS 14 are said to be well protected from such attacks. But only phones operating on Android 9 and precedent are said to be safe from such Pegasus spying software attacks.

    Naveen Goud
    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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