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Microsoft Denounces NSO Group as 21st Century Cyber-Mercenary, Its New "Zero-Click" Exploit Targets Al Jazeera

It in uncharacteristic of me to praise any technology executive or company.  In fact, I have often criticized such companies and their policies here. But Microsoft president, Brad Smith, deserves such credit. He published a landmark essay which laid down a marker for all other technology companies.  It called out cyber-hacking as a global evil that must be addressed both in the United State and around the world.  It called for states to join together to thwart such cyber-attacks, and legislate companies which profit from them out of business.. It is clarion-call for reform of U.S. cyber-security laws and a global effort to confront the cyber-hacking. I'm especially highlighting the portions relevant to the Israeli cyber-hacking company, NSO Group, which is the biggest player in this field ...  

The Kingdom Came to Canada: How Saudi-Linked Digital Espionage Reached Canadian Soil  | Citizens Lab |

In this report, we describe how Canadian permanent resident and Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz was targeted with a fake package delivery notification. We assess with high confidence that Abdulaziz's phone was infected with NSO's Pegasus spyware. We attribute this infection to a Pegasus operator linked to Saudi Arabia.

by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 08:24:37 AM EST
MicroSoft could make giant steps against hacking if they cleaned-up their insecure software.  


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 11:19:58 PM EST
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Backdoors had been designed at the request of the NSA for decades ... same provision by Big Blue and their large main frames in the 1980s. Spying is fun ... except when the tables are turned.
by Oui on Wed Dec 23rd, 2020 at 11:59:50 PM EST
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I know.

The reason for the Internet's laughably weak encryption specification is due to the NSA insistence.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Dec 24th, 2020 at 04:47:53 PM EST
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The Internet was built on Darpanet and so has been per NSA specs from the start.
by rifek on Tue Dec 29th, 2020 at 11:59:57 PM EST
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When the protocols were being discussed in SillyCon Valley in the 80s some of us argued the security needed to be beefed-up, especially the crypto spec.  We also argued against allowing external access to program memory based on our experiences with the BBS in the mid-to-late 70s.  

We lost.

Won't find most of this in the logs because not every discussion at the Wagon Wheel made it into permanent record.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 at 04:55:22 PM EST
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