Marking the post as exclusive, Reuters reported that five people familiar with the matter said a vulnerability in Apple software that Israel’s NSO Group used to hack iPhones in 2021 was exploited by another company.
QuaDream is a smaller and lesser-known Israeli firm that also develops smartphone hacking tools for government customers, the sources said.
Last year, two competing companies were allegedly able to remotely hack an iPhone without the owner having to open a malicious link. The fact that the two firms used the same sophisticated hacking technique shows that smartphones are more vulnerable to powerful digital spying tools than the industry is willing to admit, according to one expert.
“People want to believe they are safe, and the phone companies want you to believe they are safe. We learned that this is not the case,” said Dave Aitel, partner at Cordyceps Systems, a cybersecurity firm.
Experts analyzing hacks developed by the NSO Group and QuaDream since last year say the two companies have taken very similar approaches. To gain unauthorized access to data, they attacked certain vulnerabilities in the device’s software, hidden deep inside Apple’s instant messaging platform. In addition, they used comparable approaches to inject malware into targeted devices.
Reuters has tried to contact QuaDream for comment, but so far without success.
An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.
In November, Apple sued the NSO Group, alleging that the NSO violated Apple’s user agreement. The case is still at an early stage. The NSO denies any wrongdoing.
Unlike the NSO, QuaDream did not attract attention despite serving the same government clients.
Like NSO Pegasus spyware, QuaDream’s flagship product called REIGN can take control of a smartphone by harvesting instant messages from services like WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal, as well as emails, photos, texts and contacts. REIGN Premium Collection features include “real-time call recording”, “camera activation – front and rear”, and “microphone activation”.
“Born to accelerate the popularization of 5G.” Xiaomi introduced a cheap smartphone Redmi Note 11 SE with 90 Hz, 5000 mAh and 48 MP
The head of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, officially announced the company’s most affordable smartphone with support for fifth-generation networks, which was called the Redmi Note 11 SE.
“Born to accelerate the popularization of 5G,” is how the company leader describes this device. The Redmi Note 11 SE is priced at just $150.
Redmi Note 11 SE received a 6.5-inch FullHD + display with support for a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a hole for the front camera in the central upper part of the screen. It is based on a MediTek Dimensity 700 single-chip system with a 5G modem.
The amount of flash memory is 128 GB, the battery capacity is 5000 mAh, the main image sensor has a resolution of 48 megapixels.
Even more like the iPhone: Apple Watch Series 8 showed from all sides in high-quality images
Apple is expected to launch three smartwatch models this fall, including the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE, and the first rugged watch. This post provides high-quality renderings of the Apple Watch Series 8 based on leaks and available information.
The biggest difference compared to the Apple Watch Series 7 is that the screen protector is completely flat. This makes the watch case look more like an iPhone case. You can also see that the screen frame has become even smaller. It is quite possible that the Apple Watch Series 8 will be the watch with the highest effective display area.
Enlarged slots for the speaker are visible on the left side of the case, the usual clock controls are located on the right side. The watch will be able to measure heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. As for measuring temperature, blood sugar and blood pressure, Apple is working on these features, but they are unlikely to appear this year.
According to rumors, the presentation of the Apple Watch Series 8 will take place in September this year.
Source: iPhone 14 will get a front camera with autofocus
According to South Korean sources, one of the major improvements in the iPhone 14 line of smartphones, which is expected to be released in September, will be the front camera. Apple considers LG Innotek as a supplier of such high-end modules. In this case, for the first time, the supplier of the front cameras for the iPhone will be a Korean company, and not the unnamed Chinese manufacturers, as before. According to the source, Apple has reconsidered the attitude to the front cameras of its smartphones as inexpensive components, and now these will be more advanced solutions.
Initially, Apple planned to start installing LG Innotek modules only in the iPhone 15, but then moved the deadlines, so the iPhone 14 will already have a high-quality front camera this fall. It is reported that the new module will be three times more expensive than the previous model, but the owners of the next generation iPhone will be able to use autofocus for selfies. A number of other improvements are also expected, thanks to which the front camera of the new iPhones will come close to the main one in terms of its capabilities. According to rumors, LG Innotek has already begun preparations for mass production of front cameras for the iPhone 14.
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