Several governments have used computer spy tools developed by an Israeli group to target politicians, dissidents, journalists, academics and human rights activists, experts said Thursday.
These powerful “cyber weapons” have more than a total of targeting 100 people worldwide, says the news from a security manager at Microsoft and Citizen Lab, an organization based at the University of Toronto.
Microsoft claims to have modified its Windows operating system to address the loopholes exploited by the Israeli company.
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According to Citizen Lab, it is a particularly reluctant Tel Aviv-based company that only sells spyware to governments that can infect smartphones, computers and cloud services.
Its official name is currently Saito Tech Ltd. but he is better known as Candiru.
Citizen Lab researchers found evidence that spyware was able to extract information from several applications used by victims, including Gmail, Skype, Telegram, and Facebook.
The software can also display their search on the Internet. history and passwords and turn on the cameras and microphones on their devices.
For its part, Microsoft points out that the victims in the Palestinian Territories, Israel, Lebanon, Yemen, Spain, United Kingdom have identified Turkey, Armenia and Singapore.
According to the computer company which dubbed the spyware “DevilsTongue”, it was able to infiltrate popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and Yahoo to collect information and messages from victims read and retrieve photos.
The American company has put in place “safeguards” to protect its products from the intrusion of this software, which is used by the Israelis Surgum Group.
“We have shared these protections with the security community so that we can work together to address and mitigate this threat,” Microsoft says.
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