Bloomberg network blew up a dangerous surprise by revealing that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 6 countries, including Iraq and Jordan, were subjected to a hacking and penetration process that resulted in the theft of sensitive data.
In this context, the American network stated that the data of the foreign ministries of Iraq, Turkey, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain were hacked between 2017 and 2020.
And “Bloomberg” quoted “RESECURITY” for cyber security, that this hack also included the data of 8 energy companies.
It appears that some of the hacked messages and documents contained sensitive information, including diplomatic cables, according to the agency.
Bloomberg also quoted Iraqi officials as confirming that their country’s government was the target of electronic attacks, but it was not harmful, according to them, while officials in other countries did not comment.
Hacking sensitive information and the Pegasus scandal in Saudi Arabia and the UAE
This coincides with the scandal of the Israeli spying program “Pegasus”, which was used by Arab governments, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, to spy on and target 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.
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.
Mohammed bin Zayed ordered a special team to hack all phones and computers of Mohammed bin Salman
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 surprise, and said in a report that sparked widespread controversy yesterday that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, ordered the wiretapping of Mohammed bin Salman.
According to the report, Mohammed 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 abundant information to Mohammed 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.
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