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The messages arrived on Mansoor’s stock i Phone 6 running i OS 9.3.3.
Both Hacking Team and Fin Fisher have been the object of several years of revelations highlighting the misuse of spyware to compromise civil society groups, journalists, and human rights workers.
The attack on Mansoor is further evidence that “lawful intercept” spyware has significant abuse potential, and that some governments cannot resist the temptation to use such tools against political opponents, journalists, and human rights defenders.
Citizen Lab is not releasing samples of the attack at this time to protect the integrity of still-ongoing investigations.
This report describes how a government targeted an internationally recognized human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor, with the Trident, a chain of zero-day exploits designed to infect his i Phone with sophisticated commercial spyware.”).
To verify our observations, we shared our findings with Lookout Security.