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Spyware campaign targeted journalists, activists: researchers

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Washington (AFP) – A spyware campaign using tools from a secretive Israeli firm was used to attack and impersonate dozens of human rights activists, journalists, dissidents, politicians and others, researchers said Thursday. Statements from  Microsoft security researchers and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said powerful “cyberweapons” were being used in precision attacks targeting more than 100 victims around the world. Microsoft said it patched this week the vulnerability exploited by the group, known by the names Candiru and Sourgum. Citizen Lab said in a blog post that “Candiru is …

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