Facebook-owned WhatsApp disclosed that an Israeli spyware — Pegasus, was used to spy on journalists and human rights activists globally, including 121 people in India.
Google said its Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted and government-backed hacking against Google and its users. The TAG tracks more than 270 targeted or government-backed groups from more than 50 countries.
It added: “These groups have many goals including intelligence collection, stealing intellectual property, targeting dissidents and activists, destructive cyber-attacks, or spreading coordinated disinformation.”
Google said that from July to September 2019, it sent more than 12,000 warnings to users in 149 countries that they were targeted by government-backed attackers. “This is consistent (+/-10%) with the number of warnings sent in the same period of 2018 and 2017.”
As per data, over 90% of these users were targeted via “credential phishing emails” where attempts are made to obtain the target’s password or other account credentials to hijack their account.