An Israeli firm has exploited a flaw in the popular messaging mobile app WhatsApp to plant spyware on iPhones and Android. One phone call is all it takes for software developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group to install itself on a vulnerable iPhone or Android device, according to a published report in the FT Times. The publication broke the news, saying it potentially affects 1.5 billion users of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging application, on Monday. WhatsApp quickly issued a fix for the exploit, described in an alert on the Facebook website as “a buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack” that allows for “remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number.” “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed […]
Human rights organization Amnesty International reports it’s been the target of a spyware campaign traced to a secretive Israel cyber-surveillance company and distributed through the chat application WhatsApp.
In-brief: Smart TV maker VIZIO agreed to pay $2.2 million to the FTC and the State of New Jersey to settle charges that it collected the viewing history of some 11 million smart televisions without users’ consent. The settlement stems from a 2014 case and requires the company to “prominently disclose and obtain affirmative express consent” for data collection and sharing.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is having a big week. First the organization announced “Let’s Encrypt,” a new, free certificate authority (CA) with the goal of moving everyone to adopt encrypted web communications. Then, today, the group announced Detekt, a malware detection tool designed to expose evidence of state surveillance. The tool is intended to help journalists, political activists and others identify malware associated with state-sponsored spying. Developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri, Detekt is available on Github and at the site resistsurveillance.com. The tool was written in Python tool and scans the memory of Windows systems (XP and 32 and 64 bit and Windows 8) for malware. Essentially, its a straight-up malware scanner that focuses on malware associated with spying, namely: DarkComet RATm XtremeRAT, BlackShades RAT, njRAT, FinFisher FinSpy, HackingTeam RCS, ShadowTech RAT and Gh0st RAT. You might also like “Hacker takes on the Worlds spy agencies.” Alas, unlike most anti malware programs (which at least claim to detect the same malware families) […]