Dubai. According to a report by a cyber security body, the phones of several journalists of Qatar's media company 'Al Jazeera' have been targeted with an advanced 'spyware', which is suspected to be connected to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. . The report of this institution, called Citizen Lab, said on Sunday that it had detected 'malware' that infiltrated the private phones of 36 journalists, producers, anchors and executives of 'Al Jazeera'.
The malware is backed by the Israel-based NSO group, which has been openly condemning the sale of 'spyware' to oppressive governments. Malware is software that is used to steal confidential or private information from a phone or computer. According to the report, the most shocking thing has come to the investigators that this 'malware' has affected i-messages without doing anything to the user of the phone. According to Citizen Lab, this 'malware' instructs phones to upload their content to servers connected to NSOs, with which journalists are subjected to iPhone surveillance.
In this, neither the user is asked to click on any suspicious link nor he is sent threatening messages. The organization says the attacks came only a few weeks before US President Donald Trump's administration announced in July that it had normalized relations between Israel, the UAE and its arch-rival Qatar. The agreement between these countries was reached after secretly negotiated for a long time.