A cosplayer dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader holds a mobile phone displaying a government alert issued to all smartphones to test a system used to warn of life-threatening emergencies at the Scarborough Sci-Fi Convention in Scarborough north-east England on April 23, 2023. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Spyware and zero-day exploits increasingly go hand-in-hand, researchers find

Researchers found 97 zero-days exploited in the wild in 2023; nearly two thirds of mobile and browser flaws were used by spyware firms.
Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Jeffrey Kruse, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about global threats against the United States on March 11, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Intelligence officials warn pace of innovation in AI threatens US

Governments are struggling with how to respond to rapid technological development, particularly related to artificial intelligence.
A 12-year-old boy looks at an iPhone screen on December 19, 2023 in Bath, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

U.S. sanctions maker of Predator spyware 

The Biden administration sanctions individuals and entities behind the commercial surveillance tool implicated in human rights abuses.
This illustration photograph taken on October 30, 2023, shows the Meta (former Facebook) logo. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images)

Meta details actions against eight spyware firms

Details about the spyware firms, based in Italy, Spain and the UAE, were shared by the social media giant in its quarterly adversary threat report.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 30: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the Summit for Democracy on March 30, 2023 in Washington, DC. The theme for the final day of the summit encompassed “Advancing Technology for Democracy” and included speakers from the Department of Homeland Affairs and and representatives from intelligence agencies (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden administration goes global in effort to constrain spyware use

Eleven nations agreed on Thursday to responsible use of commercial spyware. Israel, a key spyware exporter, is not part of the deal.