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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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Strategy Analytics ranked the Realme Number series as the fourth “new age smartphone families”

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Analyst company Strategy Analytics conducted a study of the smartphone market, focusing on devices that they refer to as “New Age Smartphone Families”. Smartphones released since 2018 fall into this category.

First place goes to Oppo Reno. Smartphones of this series were shipped 60 million pieces. In second place with a slight lag is vivo iQOO. This is followed by the Realme C and Realme Number series. Each of them overcame the bar of 40 million pieces. The full top ten rankings are shown in the chart.

Strategy Analytics ranked the Realme Number series as the fourth

“Realme Number was the original line that led Realme to success in the smartphone market in 2018,” said Woody OH, Director of Strategy Analytics, commenting on Relame’s success. “100 million of these smartphones have been shipped in just 37 months since their debut.”

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Apple to unveil 5.7-inch iPhone SE in 2023

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Those who expected the 2022 Apple iPhone SE to get a big screen are in for a disappointment. However, according to the source, in the model that will be released in 2023, you can expect a screen increase from 4.7 inches to 5.7 inches. The source makes the reservation that the release of the iPhone SE with a large display could be delayed until 2024 if things don’t go according to plan.

Apple to unveil 5.7-inch iPhone SE in 2023

The data comes from analyst Ross Young, who believes the upcoming iPhone SE, which is expected to launch in March or April, could be called the “iPhone SE+ 5G.” The device will be equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS display. Thus, the preliminary information, first published back in 2020, was confirmed. A large-scale design change is predicted for next year. Then the SE model will come out, reminiscent of the iPhone XR or iPhone 11.

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Which smartphones are most satisfied with users: Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra released in 2020 is in the lead

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The popular benchmark AnTuTu team published their monthly ranking of Android smartphones with the highest user satisfaction ratings in December last year.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, which was released a year and a half ago, again takes first place with a score of 97.25%, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G moved up to second place (93.14%). It is noteworthy that both smartphones support the stylus. And in November, he took sixth place.

Which smartphones are most satisfied with users: Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra released in 2020 is in the lead

Redmi Note 11 Pro+, which was third last month, maintained its position with a score of 92.86%. This is the only smartphone in its class with support for 120-watt charging, which can be fully charged in 15 minutes.

Apart from the above three models, other models from fourth to tenth include Huawei P50 Pro (92.75%), Vivo S10 Pro (92.67%), Huawei Mate 40 Pro (92.45%), iQOO Z5 (92.45% ), Honor Magic3 (92.43%), Honor Magic3 Pro (92.14%) and Oppo K9 Pro 5G (91.54%), which was in second place a month ago.

Which smartphones are most satisfied with users: Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra released in 2020 is in the lead

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