Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli firm’s spyware

Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli firm’s spyware

December 20, 2020

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

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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.

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