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Founder of spyware maker Hacking Team arrested for attempted murder: local media

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The founder of the infamous and now-defunct spyware maker Hacking Team was arrested on Saturday after allegedly stabbing and attempting to murder a relative, according to multiple news reports.

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Spyware maker LetMeSpy shuts down after hacker deletes server data

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Poland-based spyware LetMeSpy is no longer operational and said it will shut down after a June data breach wiped out its servers, including its huge trove of data stolen from thousands of victims’ phones. The notice said LetMeSpy is blocking users from logging in or signing up with new accounts.

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Yes, you have to update your Apple devices again, because spyware is bad

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Apple has released urgent security updates for iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch, and Safari users to block two active spyware campaigns.

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China’s Undersea Spying, Hotel Spyware, Iran’s Disruptive Attacks

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In a weekly news roundup, Chinese radar ships might be spying on undersea communications, spyware found at hotel check-ins, and Iran continues disruptive attacks. This week, consumer-grade spyware was discovered in Wyndham hotels across the United States.

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YC-backed Malloc wants to take the sting out of mobile spyware

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Mobile spyware is one of the most invasive and targeted kinds of unregulated surveillance, since it can be used to track where you go, who you see and what you talk about. And because of its stealthy nature, mobile spyware can be nearly impossible to detect. “We already know applications that are spyware.

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US Gov Slaps Visa Restrictions on Spyware Honchos

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The US State Department is going to impose visa restrictions on 13 people involved in the development and sale of commercial spyware. This is the first implementation on a spyware-related visa-restriction program announced in February. The restrictions will also be imposed on their spouses and children.

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Daily Crunch: Citizen Lab claims Apple’s ‘Lockdown Mode’ helped block spyware attack by hacker group NSO

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In Apple’s case, researchers looking into spyware vulnerabilities said its “Lockdown Mode” was able to thwart the advances of the infamous mercenary hacking provider NSO Group. Lorenzo has more.

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