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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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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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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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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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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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Microsoft won’t say if its products were exploited by spyware zero-days

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Microsoft has released patches to fix zero-day vulnerabilities in two popular open source libraries that affect several Microsoft products, including Skype, Teams and its Edge browser. But Microsoft won’t say if those zero-days were exploited to target its products, or if the company knows either way.

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Nations Agree to Reign in Commercial Spyware- How Serious Are They?

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ecently, more than 35 nations have signed a new international agreement to collaborate on reigning in the “hacker for hire” commercial market, in which private interests sell tools and services to support offensive cyber activities.

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