The United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 2016 to 2017, seized iPhone, diplomats, activists, and foreign government officials using a group established by former US intelligence agents, according to a US investigation. American Chain, NBC.
People from the UAE are Qatar emirates, Tamim Al Zaniand a former senior official from Turkey to a human rights activist in Yemen, t Tawakkul Karman, awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
The investigation mentions the evidence of five former intelligence agents who were members of this group, baptized "Project Raven". According to this article, "Karma" allowed the Gulf State to get photos, e-mails, text messages, passwords, and information on hundreds of target locations, as well as showing that this type of cyber-attacks is not just a big area of power. The unit was made up of Americans who worked as contractors for local secret services in Abu Dhabi and Emirati officials.
Karma, according to testimony, can grant remote access to iPhone by simply uploading target phone numbers or email accounts spy. The application did not work with Android devices and did not hold phone calls. However, unlike other systems, its effectiveness was that it didn't require victims to click on a link or download a file.
According to the testimony, this tool used the failure of the iMessage system of the Apple messaging system and even operated without the phone owner.
"It was like Christmas," he said. Lori Stroudformer representative of Project Raven who previously worked for the NSA (National Security Agency).
According to the agents mentioned in the report, the government of Emirate bought Karma from a foreign supplier. Americans, NSA veterans, and other intelligence agencies were emirate cyber security companies DarkMatter.
The existence of the Karma and Ravenna project group is known among the growing cyber crimes, where Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are competing for tools and personnel specialized in cybercrime, NBC reports.
Specialists said that this type of software is highly sought after, and it is believed that only about 10 countries, including Russia, China and the United States, are able to develop them. (Reuters)