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Hackers Use Israeli Spyware to Target US State Department Officials' Phones

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Hackers have used a spyware manufactured NSO Group to steal data from Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine US State Department officials.
The US considers Israel a ‘friend’ in the Middle East, with the two countries sharing cordial ties for years. Taking advantage of this, the hackers have used a spyware, manufactured by an Israeli company, to steal data from Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine US State Department officials. Reports suggest that an unknown assailant recently used a sophisticated spyware, developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, to steal data. It may be noted that the NSO spyware can capture encrypted messages, photos and other sensitive information from infected phones, apart from turning them into recording devices for monitoring surroundings. According to sources close to the State Department, the hacking has been taking place for the last few months, as the main target of the hackers are US officials based in Uganda. The US officials, dealing with matters related to the East African country, have also been targeted.

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