John Hudson

John Hudson

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NSO denies that its spyware could be used against Malley and says its technology is only used against bad actors such as criminals and terrorists. But the Pegasus project found that victims of the spyware included journalists, human rights workers, etc 2/

Apple’s iPhone, considered to be the gold standard for security, shown to be vulnerable to spyware intended for tracking terrorists

U.S., allies accuse China of hacking Microsoft and condoning other cyberattacks

Malley still uses the phone number on the list. He declined to comment. A State Dept official said “We do not discuss security protocols, procedures or capabilities. We cannot comment on the specific details of any threats to our personnel or the steps we take to address them” 3/

NSO says its technology does not work for phone numbers with a +1 country code like Malley’s. His number was added to the list in March 2019 when he was out of government and working for the International Crisis Group 4/

“Though NSO is a private company, U.S. officials have long suspected that some information it collects is also viewed by the Israeli government”

The Trump ally and billionaire “pushed the interests of the UAE to the Trump administration without disclosing that he was working on the country’s behalf,” prosecutors alleged. He “poses a serious flight risk” because of his “access to a private aircraft”

France orders spyware investigation following Pegasus Project reports


We have confirmed the @nytimes ⁩ scoop: A Russian military spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan. From @nakashimae ⁩ @missy_ryan ⁩ me and @shaneharris ⁩

SCOOP: In a meeting last week, the Trump administration discussed conducting the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences and reverse a decades-long moratorium. 1/

Trump administration just gave Congress formal notification for a massive arms transfer to the United Arab Emirates: 50 F-35s, 18 MQ-9 Reapers with munitions; a $10 billion munitions package including thousands of Mk 82 dumb bombs, guided bombs, missiles & more, per source

Scoop: Pompeo and his wife are hosting multiple holiday parties (one on the 8th floor of the State Dept with more than 900 invitees & food & drinks). At the same time, Pompeo’s subordinates are warned against meetings for “non-mission critical events.”

Scoop: Hundreds of people skipped Mike Pompeo’s indoor holiday party today, in wake of health concerns, per two U.S. officials. 900+ invites went out, roughly 70 RSVP’d, fewer actually showed up, per sources.

US Park Police: It was a “mistake” to say no tear gas was used in Lafayette Square. "It was a mistake on our part for using ‘tear gas’ because we just assumed people would think CS or CN [two common forms of tear gas] " via @alexwardb 

Scoop: Trump's pick for ambassador to Norway did not disclose his involvement in the creation of a racist flier that distorted the features of a black politician in Georgia, darkened his features, gave him a large afro, prompted a libel suit 1/