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Pegasus spy ware political fallout: What is up with this cellphone surveillance tech


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It really is a doozy of a electronic spying technological innovation situation. Safety scientists have identified evidence of tried or productive installations of Pegasus, computer software manufactured by an Israel-based mostly cybersecurity organization, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople. The activists and others surface to have been targets of solution surveillance by software package that is intended to go after criminals and terrorists.

It is been a politically explosive challenge that has set Israel beneath force, not just by activists, but also by governments fearful about misuse of the program from NSO Group. France and

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TECHNOLOGY

We must face up to the dangers of surveillance technology

Nearly a decade ago, the Minneapolis Police Department started mounting automatic license plate readers on squad cars, presumably to aid with traffic enforcement. Then a Star Tribune investigation revealed that the MPD had purchased the technology without realizing (or perhaps not caring) that the data would be public.

MPD turned over more than 2 million plate scans — without any infrastructure to protect people’s privacy rights. Anyone could learn your daily routine by getting your license plate number.

During the recent push to ban facial recognition technology (FRT) in Minneapolis, we mentioned this story frequently when talking to lawmakers and

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How NSO became the company whose software can spy on the world | Surveillance

In 2019, when NSO Group was facing intense scrutiny, new investors in the Israeli surveillance company were on a PR offensive to reassure human rights groups.

In an exchange of public letters in 2019, they told Amnesty International and other activists that they would do “whatever is necessary” to ensure NSO’s weapons-grade software would only be used to fight crime and terrorism.

But the claim, it now appears, was hollow.

Unknown to the activists, NSO would later hatch a deal that would help a longtime government client with an awful human rights record. Dubai, a monarchy in the United Arab

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China’s tech workers pushed to their limits by surveillance software

Andy Wang, an IT engineer at a Shanghai-based gaming company, occasionally felt a pang of guilt about his job.

Most of his hours were spent on a piece of surveillance software called DiSanZhiYan, or “Third Eye”. The system was installed on the laptop of every colleague at his company to track their screens in real time, recording their chats, their browsing activity and every document edit they made.

Working from their floor in a downtown high-rise, the start-up’s hundreds of employees were constantly, uncomfortably aware of being under Third Eye’s intent gaze.

The software would also automatically flag “suspicious behaviour”

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