Cyber Tools Diffuse Globally

June 16, 2019

Ever heard of Project Raven? Probably not, unless you are an enemy of United Arab Emirates (UAE). This team of highly-skilled hackers was made up of former NSA spies working for the Middle Eastern monarchy. But when they were asked to spy on fellow Americans, the story broke wide open, as we discovered in a recent NewsMax story, “Former NSA Cyberspies Reveal How They Helped Hack Foes of UAE.”

According to the story:

“Surveillance techniques taught by the NSA were central to the UAE’s efforts to monitor opponents. The sources interviewed by Reuters were not Emirati citizens…The operatives utilized an arsenal of cyber tools, including a cutting-edge espionage platform known as Karma, in which Raven operatives say they hacked into the iPhones of hundreds of activists, political leaders and suspected terrorists.”

This may seem like an oddity, a bunch of cyberspies working for a rich country, potentially against the best intents of America, but it’s not. There has been a strange rash of intelligence issues like this recently, such as the Air Force officer who defected to Iran with damaging information. Is this a growing trend or just an odd sequence of events?

Patrick Roland, June 16, 2019

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