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Disgruntled ex-employee tried to sell Israeli cyber weapon on the dark web

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Pegasus, spyware designed to hack iOS Apple’s operating system, is capable of gathering texts and passwords, tracking calls, finding locations and infiltrating apps. It can wipe all the information on a cell phone and breach encrypted communications.

The sophisticated spyware was apparently available on the dark web for $50 million dollars—not exactly cheap, but also not prohibitively expensive for governments eager to spy on opponents and activists.

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Axios reports that a disgruntled former employee of NSO group, the Israeli company that developed the spyware, stole Pegasus and tried to sell it on the dark web after he was fired.

The 38-year-old was able to download the program after Googling how to avoid the company’s anti-theft system.

 


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‘The Senate’s in play’: Reeling GOP faces collapse into minority status as Trump drags party down

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According to a report in Rolling Stone, there is a very good chance that the Democrats could take control of the Senate after the 2020 election as the impeachment of Donald Trump casts a cloud over the Republican Party.

The report -- by longtime political observer Tim Dickinson -- states, "the fight to wrest the Senate from Republican control — and oust Mitch McConnell as majority leader — is arguably just as important" as the battle to force Trump from office.

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Mar-a-Lago to host event for conspiracy nuts who believed Obama was a secret Muslim

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President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club is hosting an event for a far-right organization that once spread bogus conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama being a secret Muslim.

The Washington Post reports that Trump's prized Florida resort on Saturday night will play host to the Center for Security Policy, a group that believes "mainstream Muslim organizations in the United States are secretly agents of anti-American jihad."

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Lev Parnas wants to testify — and attorney says ‘he has hard—HARD—first-hand evidence’

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One of Rudy Giuliani's indicted henchman wants to testify -- and his attorney says he's got "first-hand evidence."

Federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman, and the Parnas has indicated that he wants to speak to congressional investigators.

"Lev grew up in Brooklyn, has no criminal record or Russian Mob ties, and is a proud American citizen," said his attorney Joseph Bondy. "He’s not afraid of #POTUS or polonium, hopes to testify under oath — unlike #RudyGiuliani — and to be subjected to cross-examination under penalties of perjury. #LetLevSpeak"

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