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A photographic illustration shows a mobile phone near the NSO Group company logo on February 9, 2022 in the Israeli city of Netanya. Several spyware vendors, including one co-founded by an NSO employee, appear in a Meta report on the surveillance-for-hire industry. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Meta takes down surveillance-for-hire firms, calls for government action against the industry

The surveillance-for-hire industry is growing quickly as new firms crop up around the globe to meet market demand.
Members of the scientific police unit enter the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tirana on September 8, 2022. Albania broke diplomatic ties with Iran on September 8 over an alleged cyberattack against the government this summer, as Washington vowed to hold Tehran accountable for targeting its NATO ally. (Photo by GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. sanctions Iranian Ministry of Intelligence in response to Albanian cyberattack

The July attacks involved multiple groups responsible for different aspects of the operation against Albania, researchers said.
A photographic illustration shows a mobile phone near the NSO Group company logo on February 9, 2022 in the Israeli city of Netanya. Several spyware vendors, including one co-founded by an NSO employee, appear in a Meta report on the surveillance-for-hire industry. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Will spyware maker NSO Group’s struggles reduce use of its eavesdropping tech? Critics doubt it.

The company announced layoffs and a reorganization on Sunday, but spyware researchers doubt that will reduce the use of its technology.
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The Iranian national flag is seen outside the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters during the agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on March 1, 2021. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP

Iranian hacking campaign that included former U.S. ambassador exposed

The long-running operation involved hijacked email accounts, phony login pages and a legitimate ID verification service.
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