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Comment: Social media played an important role in the Arab uprisings, but over the last decade, authoritarian regimes have embraced this technology for their repressive agendas, writes Marc Owen Jones.

A controversial policy update by messaging service WhatsApp has prompted anger in Turkey where authorities are investigating a suspected breach of privacy.

Hackers hit Hezbollah lender Qard al-Hasan, leak accounts data

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Hackers hit Hezbollah lender Qard al-Hasan, leak accounts data

The Hezbollah-affiliated financial foundation was hacked by a group that has published what it claims to be leaked databases of lenders and borrowers.

US court summons MbS, MbZ over Al-Jazeera reporter hacking

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US court summons MbS, MbZ over Al-Jazeera reporter hacking

The Lebanese journalist is suing Saudi and UAE rulers after her private photos were leaked in an alleged hack to smear campaign.

Iran-linked hacking group infiltrates Israeli cyber security firm

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Iran-linked hacking group infiltrates Israeli cyber security firm

Just days earlier, the Pay2Key group breached the systems of Israel Aerospace Industries.

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Distributors 'wouldn't touch' Khashoggi documentary, director says

Bryan Fogel says media companies 'look the other way' when it comes to Saudi rights abuses.

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'Abusive texts' sparked discovery of suspected UAE-Saudi Aljazeera hack

Al Jazeera’s IT team, who also examined the phone, found the same spyware on the phones of 35 other staff members.

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Tech giants join Facebook lawsuit against Israeli spyware company

Tech giants including Microsoft and Google have described NSO's spyware tools, revealed on Monday for their involvement in the hacking of ...

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Dozens of Al-Jazeera journalists hacked using Israeli spyware

A report from the Citizen Lab communications research group says that 36 Al-Jazeera employees and one Al-Araby TV journalist were targeted by a ...

US planning to close last consulates in Russia

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US planning to close last consulates in Russia

The US will close its consulate in the far eastern city of Vladivostok and suspend operations at its post in Yekaterinburg.

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Pompeo blames Russia for massive US cyberattack

US Secretary of State Pompeo has blamed Russia for a massive cyberattack on several US government agencies.

Trump Twitter account hacked, no charges: Dutch prosecutors

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Trump Twitter account hacked, no charges: Dutch prosecutors

A man reportedly broke into US President Donald Trump's Twitter account after 'guessing' his password.

Israeli hacking firm says it can break into Signal

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Israeli hacking firm says it can break into Signal

Israeli tech firm Cellebrite, which has been criticised for selling surveillance technology to authoritarian states, says it can now ...

Trump campaign website broken into by hackers

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Trump campaign website broken into by hackers

Hackers broke into Trump's campaign website saying 'he world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president donald j trump.'

US caught Iranian hackers through 'dumb mistake'

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US caught Iranian hackers through 'dumb mistake'

'Either they made a dumb mistake or wanted to get caught,' said an anonymous senior US government official.

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Iran says cyber attack targeted country's ports

The cyber attacks targeting Iranian ports and another government institution have been blamed on the Islamic Republic's 'sworn enemies'.

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Iran hackers 'bypassing Whatsapp encryption' to target dissent: reports

The reports point to major technological strides for Iran's cyberespionage capabilities.

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Israeli intel firm 'hacked phone at Saudi Arabia's request'

An employee of Israeli company Cellebrite flew to Riyadh last year in order to hack into a Samsung phone at the request of the Saudi ...

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UN nuclear watchdog to visit second Iran site soon

Inspectors from the UN's nuclear watchdog are expected to visit the second of two sites in Iran in a few days.

Iran says US vote <em>hack</em> allegation 'absurd'

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Iran says US vote hack allegation 'absurd'

The US 'is in no place to make such absurd claims,' Iran's state media said following Microsoft's allegations that US presidential campaigns had ...

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Israel 'encouraged' sale of Pegasus spyware to UAE: report

Israeli officials helped market and mediate between notorious spyware company NSO and Gulf regimes including UAE and Saudi Arabia, where it has ...

Israel, UAE sign memorandum on internal security cooperation

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Israel, UAE sign memorandum on internal security cooperation

Israel and the UAE have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in internal security, just one week after they reached a ...

Netanyahu deletes tweet calling UAE 'advanced democracy' amid backlash

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Netanyahu deletes tweet calling UAE 'advanced democracy' amid backlash

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deleted a tweet in which he posted a video claiming Israel and the UAE are advanced democracies after ...

UAE-linked accounts urge crackdown on Israel peace deal critics

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UAE-linked accounts urge crackdown on Israel peace deal critics

Twitter accounts linked to the UAE government have threatened social media critics of a recent peace deal with Israel with punishment and ...

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