Tag Archives: Middle East and North Africa

Bill Marczak in Vanity Fair on iPhone spyware targeting activists

Senior Research Fellow Bill Marczak was featured in a Vanity Fair article exploring his discovery of the spyware used to target UAE dissident Ahmed Mansoor, detailed in a recent Citizen Lab report.

Citizen Lab research in Alhurra and VICE

Citizen Lab’s research were featured in programs on Middle Eastern democracy by Alhurra and the world of online mercenaries offering hacking services by VICE, respectively.

Helmi Noman interviewed on France 24 international about political hacking in MENA

Noman talked about how almost every political and religious conflict in the Arab world has now migrated to the Internet in the form of hacking and defacement.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch – March 2013

This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch covers topics such as censorship and surveillance, blogger and netizen arrests, cyber attacks and technological developments from the region.

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman interviewed on France24 Arabic

Noman discussed the recent Twitter compromises, techniques believed to be used (phishing URLs), and how the regional dimensions of the conflict in Syria is reflected on the Internet (e.g., defacement of Iranian and Russian websites over their support to Syrian regime).

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch September 22-October 5

This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch covers topics such as censorship and filtering, cyber attacks and technology.

Banks fail to repel cyber threat

Source: E. Scott Reckard, Andrew Tangel and Jim Puzzanghera, LA Times

A shadowy but well organized hacker group in the Middle East has disrupted the electronic banking operations of America’s largest financial institutions in recent days.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch September 8-September 21

This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch covers topics such as censorship and filtering, blogger and netizen arrests, Internet and social media use, and more.

A who’s who of Mideast-targeted malware

Source: Elinor Mills, CNet

What’s up with all the malware aimed at the Middle East? For the second time in two weeks a virus outbreak has been reported at an energy company in that region.

Nation-sponsored malware with Stuxnet ties has mystery warhead

Source: Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Researchers have uncovered yet another state-sponsored computer espionage operation that uses state-of-the-art software to extract a wealth of sensitive data from thousands of machines located mostly in the Middle East.