The prominent broadcaster and broadcaster of the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel, Jamal Rayan, announced the hacking of his personal phone from an unknown party and the cancellation of access to his accounts on various social media sites.
And through a tweet to him on Twitter on his official account, Jamal Rayan said: “Warning.. I received a phone call from an international number. Only one ring rang. I blocked it, but he managed to hack my main phone and cancel the entry of my accounts on Twitter, Facebook and others.”
Warning: I received a phone call from an international number. Only one ring rang. I blocked it, but he managed to hack my main phone and cancel the entry of my accounts on Twitter, Facebook and others. This tweet was written from a phone other than the one that was hacked. in tension from #UAE I hope for your support pic.twitter.com/MwHJPyN33N
— Jamal Ryan (@jamalrayyan) August 3, 2021
Jamal Ryan’s phone hacked
He continued, explaining, according to what was monitored by (Watan): “And this tweet was written from a phone other than the one that was hacked, and I am currently under intense attack with pictures on my Twitter account from the UAE. I hope for your support.”
Although Jamal Rayan alluded to the UAE in his tweet, he did not explicitly accuse it of being behind the hacking of his phone.
Many activists interacted with Rayan, declaring their solidarity with him, against repressive regimes that suppress freedoms and confiscate opinion.
Professor Jamal Rayan, greetings to you all
— Mo .A.Mansoor (@mmmkh40) August 3, 2021
Be patient, and your patience is only with God. I mean, in Hajj, we cannot be patient for its own sake. We only become strong in patience by the power and strength of God.
— Sunrise (@Oy5GDnSJS6wmBEW) August 3, 2021
Retired Jordanian Colonel Muhammad Alaeddin Anasuh responded by saying: “It is very likely that the Pegasus program will be hacked, and thus the cell phone is hacked by ringing, disconnecting, and then hacking the mobile.”
It is very likely that it will be a program #pegasus This is how the cell phone is hacked
Ringtone and disconnect and then hack the mobile
May God help you, my brother Jamal, because you hurt those who use the Israeli spying program, and they are of the same kind as Zionism
The important thing here is that you told the followers to beware of international numbers
May God stop the evil of the state of wickedness and wickedness
– “Mohammed Alaa Al-Din” Al-Ansawh (@alaa_tallaq) August 3, 2021
He added: “May God help you, my brother Jamal. You have hurt those who use the Israeli spying program, which is of the same kind as Zionism.”
The UAE used “Pegasus” against Bin Salman
In another context, it seems that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was also not spared from the Israeli spying program “Pegasus”, which he used to target his opponents at home and abroad, as reports revealed that the UAE used the program against him and spying on him.
In this context, the Lebanese newspaper “Al-Akhbar” blew up a dangerous surprise, and said in a report that sparked widespread controversy that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, ordered the wiretapping of Mohammed bin Salman.
According to the report, bin Zayed granted himself the right to eavesdrop on those he classifies as allies, opponents or competitors, including his first opponent, who he says is his first ally, the Saudi Crown Prince.
The report claimed that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi ordered his wiretapping teams to hack all phones and computers that lead him to Ibn Salman’s private world.
His aides indicated to him that if someone was watching Ibn Salman’s personal phone to ensure that he was not being tracked or eavesdropped, the matter did not apply to those close to him.
According to the Lebanese newspaper, the matter ended with a decision to monitor the phones and computers of those close to them and work to penetrate them and access through them to what Ibn Salman wants, proposes or plans.
Among those who were eavesdropped was Yasser Al-Rumayyan, the first advisor to the Saudi crown prince in the world of financial investments.
The hack provided access to abundant information for bin Zayed about what bin Salman is doing in this world.
Al-Akhbar also reviewed the Emirates-Leaks file security document, which contains records of conversations that took place through the “WhatsApp” application between Ibn Salman and Al-Rumayyan, stressing that it will publish clips of it.
It is part of records of calls between the two men made between August 12, 2015 and January 23, 2016, and included various administrative and financial files.
“The UAE is the house of espionage.”
And last month, a hashtag titled “Emirates House of Spy” topped the list of the most popular hashtags on Twitter for four days in a row, in the wake of the scandal of the UAE and Saudi Arabia and their use of Israeli cyber technology to target and spy on opponents.
Through the hashtag, activists shed light on the scandals of the Emirati regime with the Israeli company NSO and the “Pegasus” spy program, which was used by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the de facto ruler of the Emirates, to target his opponents.
It is noteworthy that researchers discovered the Pegasus program for the first time in August 2016 after a failed attempt to install it on the iPhone of human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor in the United Arab Emirates, through a suspicious link in a text message. exploits it.
“Pegasus” is considered one of the most dangerous and “most complex” spyware programs, and it specifically targets smart devices running the “iOS” operating system of Apple, but there is a version for Android devices that differs somewhat from the “iOS” version. .
An investigation – conducted by 17 media organizations, and its results were published last Sunday – revealed that the “Pegasus” spy program – produced by the Israeli company “NSO” – was used to penetrate the phones of journalists, officials and activists in different parts of the world.
The investigation – which was conducted by 17 international media outlets, including the French newspapers Le Monde, the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, the British Guardian and The Washington Post is based on the investigation. Post) to a list obtained by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International.
The list includes the numbers of at least 180 journalists, 600 politicians, 85 human rights activists and 65 businessmen, according to the analysis conducted by the group. It was confirmed that 37 phones were hacked or attempted to penetrate the Israeli group’s spyware program.
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