Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Business Of Spy Tech Firms Is Booming

New York Times: How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like — just check out the company’s price list.

The NSO Group is one of a number of companies that sell surveillance tools that can capture all the activity on a smartphone, like a user’s location and personal contacts. These tools can even turn the phone into a secret recording device.

Since its founding six years ago, the NSO Group has kept a low profile. But last month, security researchers caught its spyware trying to gain access to the iPhone of a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates. They also discovered a second target, a Mexican journalist who wrote about corruption in the Mexican government.

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WNU Editor: As I had mentioned previously in these posts ....

An Israeli Company That Sells Hacking Services To Governments Figured Out How To Hack Every iPhone (August 26, 2016)
A Look At Israel's Booming Surveillance Industry (August 30, 2016)

.... this is a business that is on the verge of exploding.

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