APNewsBreak: Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog
coderman at protonmail.com
Wed Jan 30 11:52:02 PST 2019
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On Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:46 PM, Steve Kinney <admin at pilobilus.net> wrote:
> I was happy to see that Israeli malware vendor NSO has "zero competence"
> in the field of human intelligence, and that their efforts to penetrate
> Citizen Labs harmed no one's interests but their own.
“Michel Lambert” is a pseudonym and the Paris company he claimed to represent does not exist. The New York Times, in collaboration with Uvda, an investigative television show on Israel’s Channel 12, has confirmed that the mysterious visitor was Aharon Almog-Assoulin, a retired Israeli security official who until recently served on the town council in a suburb of Tel Aviv.
The phenomenon of private spies drew widespread attention in 2017, when Black Cube, an Israeli private intelligence firm, was found to have used undercover agents to approach women who had accused Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, of sexual misconduct. Black Cube later was identified as having sent agents, again under false cover, to investigate Obama administration officials who had worked on the Iran nuclear deal.
Black Cube denied that it had played any role in approaching Citizen Lab employees, but the same undercover agent turned up in an earlier case in Canada with a Black Cube connection.
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