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NSO Group helped clients hack targets by impersonating Facebook

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We have seen various reports so far that claim that the NSO Group, which is the infamous group from Israel most famous for its WhatsApp hack, involved in a lot of other hacking incidents. The NSO Group from Israel is particularly known for its software that lets anyone track their targets and it is known that the company supplies this software to government agencies as well. Now, we have a new revelation regarding NSO Group and reports claim that it was involved in letting their clients hack their targets easily with one trick.

As per this report from Vice, NSO Group impersonated Facebook in order to make it easier for their clients to hack their targets. However, the surprising part is that it is not uncommon for a hacking group to impersonate Facebook in order to hack someone. The modus operandi of impersonating Facebook is “with a phishing page that displays a Facebook login screen but which secretly steals a target’s password”, Vice reports.

In this latest incident, Vice analyzed that NSO Group “created a web domain that looked as if it belonged to Facebook’s security team to entice targets to click on links that would install the company’s powerful cell phone hacking technology”.

Apart from that, Vice’s report mentions that the Pegasus software that Israel’s NSO Group is infamous for “can target modern iPhone and Android devices, and once installed on a device it can steal text and social media messages, track the GPS location of the phone, and remotely turn on the camera and microphone”.

Furthermore, NSO Group is known to be selling their software Pegasus “in either 0- or 1-click versions, with the former needing no interaction from the target, and the latter requiring the target to click a link”. Vice claims that an employee of the NSO Group shared with them “the IP address of a server setup to infect phones with NSO’s Pegasus hacking tool”.