Facebook allegedly tried to buy Pegasus spyware to secretly track iPhone users

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Facebook’s Onavo Protect did the opposite of protecting users. And it could have been more effective with Pegasus spyware.
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NSO Group accuses Facebook of trying to buy access to its Pegasus surveillance software so it could better track the activities of iPhone users.

The spyware supposedly would have gone into Onavo Protect, a VPN app Facebook pulled off the App Store back in 2018 for violating Apple’s data-collection policies.

UN alleges Saudi crown prince linked to hacking of Bezos’ iPhone

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Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X was allegedly hacked.
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Allegations that the ruler of Saudi Arabia played a role in hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone made headlines around the world today. A forensic report indicates this was supposedly an iPhone X, and a WhatsApp account was used.

Bezos is more than the CEO of Amazon — he’s also the owner of The Washington Post, which has been critical of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

New malware steals data from your device and cloud accounts

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Pegasus could be used by governments to spy on individuals.
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A new spyware tool reportedly can harvest data from iOS devices and their connected cloud accounts.

The tool, called Pegasus, also works with Android devices. The data it is able to gather even reportedly includes encrypted messages from third-party apps. It does this by fraudulently posing as the user to download their private content.

WhatsApp users must update now to avoid spyware attacks

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Don’t ignore the latest WhatsApp releases.
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WhatsApp users must update to the latest version of the app to avoid be infected by malicious software.

A security flaw in the popular messaging client allows the Pegasus spyware to be installed on your smartphone. WhatsApp is investigating the situation and urges its 1.5 billion users to update.