US blacklists Israeli maker of Pegasus spyware

US authorities on Wednesday put the Israeli maker of the Pegasus spyware on a blacklist of restricted companies, taking aim at software central to a scandal over surveillance of journalists and officials. The company, NSO, was engulfed in controversy over reports that tens of thousands of human rights activists, journalists, politicians and business executives worldwide… Continue reading US blacklists Israeli maker of Pegasus spyware

German IT security watchdog examines Xiaomi mobile phone

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Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, is conducting a technical examination of a mobile phone manufactured by China’s Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK), a spokesperson for the interior ministry told Reuters on Wednesday. The spokesperson did not provide further details on what kind of examination the agency was carrying out. Lithanua’s state cybersecurity body said last week… Continue reading German IT security watchdog examines Xiaomi mobile phone

Japan names China, Russia, North Korea as threats in cyberspace

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The Japanese government adopted on Monday a draft cybersecurity strategy for the next 3 years, naming China, Russia and North Korea as cyberattack threats for the first time. The strategy, expected to be endorsed by the Cabinet soon, said the situation in cyberspace contains the “risk of rapidly developing into a critical situation” and that… Continue reading Japan names China, Russia, North Korea as threats in cyberspace

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

Lithuania’s Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities. Flagship phones sold in Europe by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as… Continue reading Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

Google locks Afghan government accounts as Taliban seek emails – source

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Google has temporarily locked down an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts, according to a person familiar with the matter, as fears grow over the digital paper trail left by former officials and their international partners. In the weeks since the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan from a US-backed government, reports have highlighted how… Continue reading Google locks Afghan government accounts as Taliban seek emails – source