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Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked in a iOS spyware attack. Guess who was behind it?

  • iPhones vulnerable to hacking tool for months, researchers say

  • Citizen Lab researchers say cyber-attack using NSO Group software likely ordered by Saudia Arabia and UAE.

Spyware sold by an Israeli private intelligence firm was allegedly used to hack the phones of dozens of Al Jazeera journalists in an unprecedented cyber-attack that is likely to have been ordered by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to leading researchers.

In a stunning new report, researchers at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said they discovered what appears to be a major espionage campaign against one of the world’s leading media organisations, which is based in Qatar and has long been a thorn in the side of many of the region’s autocratic regimes.


The report, written by some of the world’s top digital surveillance researchers, also raises troubling new questions about the apparent vulnerability of the Apple iPhone, which has sought to promote a reputation for security and commitment to privacy.

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