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Pegasus returns? WhatsApp users on alert after Facebook warned of ANOTHER vulnerability exploited by hackers

Posted by RT on November 18, 2019  |   Comments Off on Pegasus returns? WhatsApp users on alert after Facebook warned of ANOTHER vulnerability exploited by hackers

Mark Zuckerberg’s company issued an alert over hackers gaining access to mobile devices via fake WhatsApp calls several months after Pegasus spyware scandal rocked India, leading to a lawsuit against Israeli surveillance firm.

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp messenger, warned several days ago about a system vulnerability that allows hackers to send “a specially crafted MP4 file” to its Android and iOS users.

The bug appears to be similar to the one uncovered this spring, which was used by hackers to infect devices with malware, disguised as ordinary calls. The vulnerability has since been patched up, but the cyberattacks caused a scandal in India because over 20 local lawyers, journalists and human rights campaigners were among the 1,400 users affected by the hacks worldwide.

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‘Pegasus’ spyware attack: Indian journalists & activists targeted on WhatsApp, lawsuit claims

The hacking tool itself, as it turned out, was ‘Pegasus’ spyware, developed by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, which does not disclose its clients, but claims to only sell the product to government agencies. Indian officials denied of having used the software and rejected the allegations of hacking WhatsApp users.

Facebook, meanwhile, sued NSO Group, claiming that the hackers used servers and hosting services “that were previously associated” with the firm. The Israeli company denied any wrongdoing.

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Japan to buy 70+ US interceptor missiles after warning of ‘unusual’ projectiles tested by N. Korea

Posted by RT on August 28, 2019  |   Comments Off on Japan to buy 70+ US interceptor missiles after warning of ‘unusual’ projectiles tested by N. Korea

Tokyo is boosting its ballistic missile defense shield after fears that Pyongyang is rolling out weapons with ‘unusual trajectory’ to pierce right through it.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon greenlit the sale of 73 Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan, which are already used in the nation’s anti-ballistic missile defense shield. The previous sales of the SM-3s to Tokyo were cleared by the US in November and April.

Japan has been beefing up its defenses in recent years amid growing tensions around the Korean Peninsula. Officials expressed concerns as to whether the country remains safe from warheads coming from Pyongyang in case of a possible armed conflict.

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A North Korean missile launch on July 26, 2019.
North Korea fires NEW missile in test ‘similar’ to recent launches – report

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya warned about the “irregular and lower-than-usual flight path” of the two short-range missiles North Korea had reportedly launched into the Sea of Japan last week. The North Koreans hope that the unusual trajectory will make the missiles harder to intercept, he said, adding that there is “a good chance” Pyongyang can apply similar technology to longer-range nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang has maintained that it is its sovereign right to conduct missile tests, saying it only tests weapons for self-defense.

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