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US lawmakers ask Mexican government for updates on spyware probe

Nine months after the Mexican government was found to be using spyware to spy on journalists, activists and HR lawyers, US lawmakers sent a letter to Mexico's US Ambassador, calling for a comprehensive and transparent probe.

APT hackers hid Slingshot malware in routers for six years

Slingshot malware targeted almost 100 victims in the Middle East and Africa since at least 2012

AnubisSpy malware steals data, seemingly links to old Sphinx campaign

A newly discovered spyware that victimises Arabic-speakers has been potentially linked to the 2014-15 Sphinx cyber espionage campaign, which was launched by the threat group APT-C-15 to target PC users in the Middle East.

Sowbug APT uses Felismus backdoor to for cyber-espionage operations

A previously unknown cyber-espionage group called Sowbug has been found using the Felismus backdoor to spy on several South American and Pacific Rim national governments for the last several years.

Yahoo wants to spy on users through smart advertising

Patent reveals firm wants to use billboards to collect people's information

NSA spy details how to tap into webcam on Mac without user noticing

An ex NSA spook has shown how to tap into a Mac's webcam without the user even knowing

Russians deny responsibility for cyber-attacks on German parliament

Russian officials deny any state involvement in cyber-attacks on Geman parliament.

Home Office to offer concessions on IP Bill

Following privacy concerns voiced by the Intelligence Security Committee about the Investigatory Powers Bill, The Home Office Secretary is set to offer concessions on the bill itself with an added privacy clause to limit 'unnecessary' spying.

BfV agency says Russia is behind German cyber-attacks

According to Germany's domestic intelligence agency, Russia was most likely responsible for the major cyber-attack on the Bundestag last year, forcing computer systems to be on hiatus for days.

German intelligence spied on allies, U.N., the Vatican

Germany's federal intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), spied on the embassies and interior departments of ally countries, and international non-governmental organisations, according to Der Spiegel.

Mexico uptick in government data requests prompts privacy concerns

An uptick in government surveillance requests in Mexico has privacy advocates troubled that the country does not have the supervision in place that it needs to protect sensitive information.

Russian Pawn Storm APT group spied on punk band and others

Trend Micro says the Russian APT group, Pawn Storm, has been spying on domestic targets, including the punk rock band known as Pussy Riot.