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This dangerous malware affects nearly all devices, and somehow remained undetected until now

Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a Remote Access Trojan (RAT), that’s been flying under antivirus programs’ radars for at least half a year and targeting, at least, education institutions.

As reported by Ars Technica, the RAT’s been dubbed SysJoker by researchers from Intezer who discovered it. When they first discovered it, on a Linux-based Webserver belonging to a “leading educational institution”, they learned it was written from scratch.


SC-Appointed Technical Committee Seeks Details From Persons Suspecting Hacking Of Their Devices

Persons who suspect that their devices have been targeted by the Pegasus spyware can write to the Technical Committee constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the allegations of snooping using the Pegasus spyware by the noon of January 7, 2022.

The Committee issued a public notice in this regard today asking such persons, who feel that they are targets of Pegasus spyware, to send an email to “[email protected]“. Those persons should also furnish reasons as to why they believe their devices have been infected by Pegasus spyware.

In case the Committee feels that such suspicions require further investigation, it can request for allowing the examination of the device. The collection point will be at New Delhi. The Committee will give an acknowledgement of having received the device for examination and will give the person a digital phone image of the records.

It was on October 26 last year that the Supreme Court constituted an independent expert committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice RV Raveendran to probe into the allegations of snooping of journalists, activists, politicians etc, using the Pegasus spyware developed by the Israeli company NSO.

The Court also constituted a Technical Committee to assist the probe panel.

The members of the Technical Committee are :

  1. Dr. Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Professor (Cyber Security and Digital Forensics) and Dean, National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  2. Dr. Prabaharan P., Professor (School of Engineering), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kerala.
  3. Dr. Ashwin Anil Gumaste, Institute Chair Associate Professor (Computer Science and Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra.

A bench led by the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana passed the direction in view of the refusal of the Union Government to make a clear statement as to whether it has availed the services of Pegasus spyware or not. The bench refused to accept the argument of “national security” raised by the Central Government, saying the state will “not get a free pass” every time national security is raised and the court will not remain a “mute spectator”. Refusing the proposal of the Union Government that it will constitute a…


Essence Group successfully meets devices supply demand throughout 2021

Top 10 articles of 2021 reflect a changing security marketplace

Our most popular articles in 2021 provide a good reflection of the state of the industry. Taken together, the Top 10 Articles of 2021, as measured by reader clicks, cover big subjects such as smart cities and cybersecurity. They address new innovations in video surveillance, including systems that are smarter and more connected, and a new generation of computer chips that improve capabilities at the edge.
A recurring theme in 2021 is cybersecurity’s impact on physical security, embodied by a high-profile hack of 150,000 cameras and an incident at a Florida water plant. There is also an ongoing backlash against facial recognition technology, despite promising technology trends.
Cross-agency collaboration
Our top articles also touch on subjects that have received less exposure, including use of artificial intelligence (AI) for fraud detection, and the problem of cable theft in South Africa. Here is a review of the Top 10 Articles of 2021, based on reader clicks, including links to the original content:
Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe
Safety in Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front and Center
The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyse more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas that must be developed as a priority.
Fraud detection technology
How AI is Revolutionising Fraud Detection
Fraud detection technology has advanced rapidly over the years and made it easier for security…


Facebook Banned 7 ‘Cyber Surveillance Companies for Tracking and Hacking 48,000 Users’ Devices

Meta has banned seven alleged surveillance-for-hire companies from its platforms after those parties installed spyware on end-users’ phones, mining their confidential data, hacking their devices, and selling their data to rogue countries.

Meta, the parent company of social media brands Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp reported its purification operation took months of investigation.

Meta claims it has identified seven cyber mercenary companies that have targeted some 48,000 clients in over 100 countries. Moreover, Meta says it removed 1,500 Facebook and Instagram profiles that could be traced back to these outfits.

In most cases, these firms would create fake profiles to be used as a front which would then be used to collect customers’ intelligence, hack their devices or grab their money. 

The Meta release authored by  David Agranovich, Director, Threat Disruption, and Mike Dvilyanski, Head of Cyber Espionage Investigations put it as follows: 

“The global surveillance-for-hire industry targets people to collect intelligence, manipulate and compromise their devices and accounts across the internet.

“While these “cyber mercenaries” often claim that their services only target criminals and terrorists, our months-long investigation concluded that targeting is in fact indiscriminate and includes journalists, dissidents, critics of authoritarian regimes, families of opposition and human rights activists.

“We disabled seven entities who targeted people across the internet in over 100 countries; shared our findings with security researchers, other platforms and policymakers; issued Cease and Desist warnings; and also alerted people who we believe were targeted to help them strengthen the security of their accounts.”

Of the seven surveillance-for-hire businesses, four were believed to have operated from Israel, namely Cobwebs Technologies, Cognyte, Black Cube, and Bluehawk CI, while another one listed as BellTroX was based in India. 

Yet another one named Cytrox was registered in North Macedonia. Also, an unidentified firm from China was believed to be engaged in providing spying services on minority groups like the Uyghur minority in China.

Three phases of…