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iPhone is easy to jailbreak even without the victim’s involvement. Pegasus spyware makes everyone vulnerable

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New York Times journalist Ben Hubbard published a long article in which he revealed that his iPhone was hacked twice by hackers during his work in the Middle East.

In the article, he spoke in detail about what happened and claims that many people mistakenly believe that familiar technologies and devices, including the iPhone, are safe. The article is titled “I was hacked. Spyware used against me makes us all vulnerable. “

Ben Hubbard clarifies that both times his iPhone was infiltrated with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. In fact, a total of four attempts were found in Hubbard’s phone logs: the first two were in the form of dangerous links sent via WhatsApp and SMS.

When Hubbard did not open the links, two more attacks were initiated – this time they did not require any action from the victim. As a result, the hackers got into the phone and got access to the journalist’s personal data. The NSO Group, the creator and owner of the Pegasus software used in these attacks, is a large Israeli-based surveillance firm that typically licenses spyware to government agencies to track criminals and terrorists.

However, such a tool is very easy to misuse and has already been grossly abused by governments in many countries, where it has been used illegally to monitor dozens of innocent civilians. All four attacks on Hubbard’s phone likely originated in Saudi Arabia, a country that has repeatedly abused Pegasus spyware. The software developers have already suspended the Pegasus license twice.

As it turned out, I didn’t even need to follow the link for my phone to get infected.

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Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi smartphones cannot do that. There was a video with the disassembly process of the modular Fairphone 4 and strength tests

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The modular and most maintainable smartphone Fairphone 4 fell into the hands of blogger JerryRigEverything.

In this case, we are interested not only in his strength tests, although there is usually only one useful of them, but also in the video of the disassembly process.

As you can see, the smartphone is disassembled and assembled as easily as possible, and even the display is dismantled simply by unscrewing a few bolts. There is no need to talk about the simplicity of the battery replacement process. No other device in this segment offers this.

At the same time, modularity did not affect the strength in any way. Thanks to the metal frame, the smartphone practically does not bend, which is very good. The plastic of the back cover does not suffer from this effect either.

Recall that Fairphone 4 is based on SoC Snapdragon 750G and is equipped with an IPS screen, 48-megapixel main camera and a 3905 mAh battery.

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Google makes life easier for Android TV owners by adding the ability to install apps from a smartphone

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Google has made life easier for Android TV owners. These users can now install applications on their TVs directly from their smartphones.

To install, just go to Google Play from your smartphone and select a TV from the drop-down list as the target for installing the software. Similarly, Google has implemented the installation of applications on smartwatches with Wear OS.

Google makes life easier for Android TV owners by adding the ability to install apps from a smartphone

This approach allows, firstly, to install the application faster and easier, since it is still easier to do all the manipulations from a smartphone, and secondly, in this way, you can install the application remotely without being in front of the TV.

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The largest cyberattack on US government officials has been carried out. State Department employees’ iPhones have been jailbroken

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Reuters reports that at least nine iPhones belonging to US State Department officials have been compromised by an unknown attacker using spyware developed by Israel’s NSO Group. This information was confirmed by four sources at once.

According to two sources, the hacks that have occurred in the past few months have affected either US officials in Uganda or people dealing with that country’s affairs in East Africa. Previously, spyware based on NSO technology had already featured in the news with potential targets, including US officials, but it was unclear if hacking attempts had been made or if they were successful.

The NSO Group said in a statement that the company has no confirmation that their tools were used to hack. However, the company has revoked access for the relevant customers and will investigate based on a request from Reuters.

If our investigation shows that these actions really happened with NSO tools, such a client will be permanently blocked and legal proceedings will begin. NSO will also cooperate with any relevant government agency and provide full information that we have.

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It is not yet known who carried out this attack against the employees of the US State Department, but it is known that NSO Group sells its products to government law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies. However, the company itself is not directly involved in surveillance operations. NSO Group software has been used repeatedly to hack smartphones of government officials, journalists, activists, academics and embassies.

It is the largest cyberattack on US government officials, but neither the State Department nor officials from the Ugandan Embassy in Washington have yet issued a statement.

Apple previously filed a lawsuit against the Israeli NSO Group and its parent company to prosecute them for spying on and harassing Apple users.

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