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The nasty spyware likely used to hack Jeff Bezos lets governments secretly access everything in your smartphone, from text messages to the microphone and cameras — here’s how it works

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked in May 2018, and the primary suspect is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A UN report published Wednesday said a forensic analysis concluded that Bezos’ iPhone was likely hacked using a notorious tool named Pegasus created by the NSO Group, a […]
The nasty spyware likely used to hack Jeff Bezos lets governments secretly access everything in your smartphone, from text messages to the microphone and cameras — here’s how it works
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This is a rare photo of a smartphone-hacking device sold by the NSO Group, the billion-dollar Israeli spyware company accused of helping hack Jeff Bezos

A bombshell UN report published Wednesday concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely hacked Jeff Bezos’ phone in 2018. The UN report, citing the opinion of security experts, indicates that Mohammed likely carried out the hack using technology from the NSO Group, a billion-dollar Israeli spyware startup. The […]
This is a rare photo of a smartphone-hacking device sold by the NSO Group, the billion-dollar Israeli spyware company accused of helping hack Jeff Bezos
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly taunted Jeff Bezos with a sexist meme in a sign that the crown prince had access to the Amazon CEO’s private messages

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to have had access to Jeff Bezos’ private messages after a video message was sent to Bezos’ WhatsApp account in April 2018. The crown prince seemingly went as far as to taunt Bezos last November with a sexist meme that investigators said showed […]
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly taunted Jeff Bezos with a sexist meme in a sign that the crown prince had access to the Amazon CEO’s private messages
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How the Saudis and the National Enquirer are linked to the alleged hacking and blackmail attempt against Jeff Bezos

In January 2019, Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced their surprise divorce. The statement preempted the National Enquirer tabloid’s story describing intimate texts and photos from Bezos’ extramarital affair. Bezos also accused the National Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail.” Bezos and his security chief hinted at or accused the […]
How the Saudis and the National Enquirer are linked to the alleged hacking and blackmail attempt against Jeff Bezos
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The Saudi crown prince accused of hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone met with more than a dozen tech execs and celebs during the same US trip. From Tim Cook to Oprah, here’s everyone Mohammed bin Salman met with.

There’s a chance Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel are having their phones examined right about now after fresh reports about the hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone. A forensic analysis commissioned by Bezos suggests that it was likely his phone […]
The Saudi crown prince accused of hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone met with more than a dozen tech execs and celebs during the same US trip. From Tim Cook to Oprah, here’s everyone Mohammed bin Salman met with.
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Trump called top national-security officials ‘losers,’ ‘dopes and babies’ when they tried to walk him through the basics of US diplomacy, an explosive new book says

A July 2017 meeting between President Donald Trump and top national-security officials went disastrously wrong, according to an excerpt from a new book by two Washington Post reporters. The officials hoped to teach Trump about the basics of America’s global role, but the president grew irate and started insulting US […]
Trump called top national-security officials ‘losers,’ ‘dopes and babies’ when they tried to walk him through the basics of US diplomacy, an explosive new book says
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A couple converted a Kansas nuclear missile silo into a bizarre 18,000-square-foot castle, and now it’s on the market for $3.2 million — see inside

A couple spent 30 years renovating a nuclear missile silo into an underground castle. Now, the Kansas property is for sale for $US3.2 million. These photos and videos show inside the stunning property. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Kansas probably isn’t where you’d first look if you’re in […]
A couple converted a Kansas nuclear missile silo into a bizarre 18,000-square-foot castle, and now it’s on the market for $3.2 million — see inside
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Russia’s entire cabinet resigned en masse in a plan that would help Putin keep power indefinitely. Here’s everything we know.

Russia’s prime minister and cabinet abruptly resigned on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin outlined proposed constitutional changes that could increase his power after his presidency. The changes would limit and decrease the power of future presidents after Putin’s term ends in 2024. Though Putin has painted the changes as a […]
Russia’s entire cabinet resigned en masse in a plan that would help Putin keep power indefinitely. Here’s everything we know.
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AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‘This is some real-life “Black Mirror” stuff’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voiced concerns about the rise of facial recognition during a House hearing on Wednesday. “This is some real-life ‘Black Mirror’ stuff that we’re seeing here,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Her remarks came during a House Oversight Committee hearing on private-sector use of facial recognition. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‘This is some real-life “Black Mirror” stuff’
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Lawyer for diplomat Marie Yovanovitch demands investigation after explosive documents suggest she was surveilled in Ukraine

An attorney for former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is calling for an investigation after documents released by the House Intelligence Committee suggested she was under surveillance prior to being ousted from her position. In one conversation, Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian associate Lev Parnas and Parnas’s associate Robert Hyde, a […]
Lawyer for diplomat Marie Yovanovitch demands investigation after explosive documents suggest she was surveilled in Ukraine
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The Justice Department is demanding that Apple make it easier to unlock suspects’ iPhones, but experts say it can do that without Apple’s cooperation. Here’s how.

The Department of Justice is pressuring Apple to help unlock two iPhones belonging to the Saudi aviation student charged with killing three people at a Florida Navy base last month. Attorney General William Barr has criticised Apple as unhelpful in cracking the locked iPhones. While Apple has provided the FBI […]
The Justice Department is demanding that Apple make it easier to unlock suspects’ iPhones, but experts say it can do that without Apple’s cooperation. Here’s how.
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Roger Deakins had to ‘literally stand around for hours waiting for a cloud’ while shooting the stunning ‘1917.’ It led to his second Oscar win.

Business Insider spoke to Roger Deakins about how the weather was a major challenge in pulling off the unique continuous single shot visual in “1917.” Deakins won the best cinematography Oscar for the second time at the Academy Awards on Sunday. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. This story […]
Roger Deakins had to ‘literally stand around for hours waiting for a cloud’ while shooting the stunning ‘1917.’ It led to his second Oscar win.
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Trump says he stands with Iranians amid anti-government protests. But he’s barred them from US travel, threatened to bomb their cultural sites, and mocked the way they dress.

President Donald Trump is expressing support for Iranian protesters as they flood the streets in outrage over their government’s shooting down a passenger plane and killing 176 people, including dozens of Iranians. Trump has warned Iran against killing protesters amid reports of violent crackdowns. This has all occurred in the […]
Trump says he stands with Iranians amid anti-government protests. But he’s barred them from US travel, threatened to bomb their cultural sites, and mocked the way they dress.
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A Canadian CEO called Trump a ‘narcissist in Washington’ and blamed him for heightened US-Iran tensions that led to the Ukraine Airlines plane crash that killed 63 Canadians

Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, took over his company’s Twitter account to blast US leaders for the series of events in Iran that led to the downing of a Ukrainian plane that killed 63 Canadians. McCain called US President Donald Trump a “narcissist in Washington” and attacked him […]
A Canadian CEO called Trump a ‘narcissist in Washington’ and blamed him for heightened US-Iran tensions that led to the Ukraine Airlines plane crash that killed 63 Canadians
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How the Air Force’s metals techs keep aircraft flying

The Air Force’s aircraft metals technology technicians keep the service’s aircraft flying by grinding, welding, fabricating or repairing parts. At RAF Mildenhall, Air Force metals techs are there to make sure other airmen have the tools and parts they need to get the job done. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
How the Air Force’s metals techs keep aircraft flying
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Trump reportedly authorised the Soleimani strike 7 months ago, throwing a wrench through his argument that there was an ‘imminent threat’

President Donald Trump authorised the US military strike against Iranian military and intelligence leader Qassem Soleimani seven months before it was carried out, NBC News reported on Monday. According to NBC, Trump gave a directive authorizing a strike against Soleimani back in June of 2019 “if Iran’s increased aggression resulted […]
Trump reportedly authorised the Soleimani strike 7 months ago, throwing a wrench through his argument that there was an ‘imminent threat’
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Trump’s national security adviser suggests Iran has been ‘choked off’ by sanctions, but Trump says he ‘couldn’t care less’ if Iran wants to negotiate

President Donald Trump on Sunday said he “couldn’t care less” if US sanctions forced Iran to the negotiating table. His Twitter comments came after the US national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and said the “maximum-pressure campaign” against Iran was working. “Iran is being choked off, […]
Trump’s national security adviser suggests Iran has been ‘choked off’ by sanctions, but Trump says he ‘couldn’t care less’ if Iran wants to negotiate
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Kashmir’s 5-month internet blackout is the longest ever imposed in a democracy — and it’s stifling local workers

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php The Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir has been on lockdown since August – making it the longest lockdown to ever take place in a democratic state. India has imposed curfews and internet blackouts across the region, stifling local business like the saffron and apple trades. India’s supreme court […]
Kashmir’s 5-month internet blackout is the longest ever imposed in a democracy — and it’s stifling local workers
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A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surveillance tech it offers.

A secretive surveillance company has been quietly selling hidden cameras to police departments and federal agencies, according to records obtained by the watchdog nonprofit MuckRock. The Special Services Group sales brochure advertises surveillance devices hidden in rocks and trees, as well as a “tombstone cam.” The company has sold its […]
A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surveillance tech it offers.
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Iran is doubling down in calling allegations that it shot down Flight 752 a ‘big lie,’ accusing the US of carrying out a ‘psychological operation’ to discredit its story

Iran is doubling down in denying that the plane crash that killed 176 people on Wednesday could have been caused by one of its missiles. A government representative called the idea a “big lie” it described as a “psychological operation of the US government.” Both and US and Canada say […]
Iran is doubling down in calling allegations that it shot down Flight 752 a ‘big lie,’ accusing the US of carrying out a ‘psychological operation’ to discredit its story
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Trump is claiming victory over Iran, but his escalation has alienated allies, hurt US-Iraq relations, provoked Iran to leave the nuclear deal, and jeopardized efforts against ISIS

President Donald Trump claimed victory over Iran on Wednesday after taking the US to the brink of war by ordering the assassination of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Following Trump’s speech, several media figures and pundits lauded the president for what they said was a de-escalation of the conflict with […]
Trump is claiming victory over Iran, but his escalation has alienated allies, hurt US-Iraq relations, provoked Iran to leave the nuclear deal, and jeopardized efforts against ISIS
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‘I left parts of my body behind fighting terrorists in Iraq’: Sen. Tammy Duckworth responds to GOP congressman’s claim that Democrats are ‘in love with terrorists’

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois didn’t hesitate to hit back Thursday at Republican Rep. Doug Collins, who earlier accused Democrats of being “in love with terrorists.” “I left parts of my body behind fighting terrorists in Iraq,” Duckworth, who was a lieutenant colonel in the US Army, told CNN […]
‘I left parts of my body behind fighting terrorists in Iraq’: Sen. Tammy Duckworth responds to GOP congressman’s claim that Democrats are ‘in love with terrorists’
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Iranian officials maintain it’s ‘scientifically impossible’ for the Ukraine International Airlines flight to have been shot down by a missile

Multiple US outlets are reporting that Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Iran. However, Iran continues to maintain that its missile defence system is not to blame. An Iranian official said Thursday that it was “scientifically impossible” for one of their defence missiles […]
Iranian officials maintain it’s ‘scientifically impossible’ for the Ukraine International Airlines flight to have been shot down by a missile
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GOP Sen. Mike Lee said in a wild interview that White House officials refused to say whether Trump would seek Congress’ permission to kill Iran’s supreme leader

Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said in an interview Thursday that White House officials refused to say whether President Donald Trump would seek Congress’ approval should he order a strike against Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Lee said the refusal came during a Senate briefing on the drone […]
GOP Sen. Mike Lee said in a wild interview that White House officials refused to say whether Trump would seek Congress’ permission to kill Iran’s supreme leader
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GOP Sen. Mike Lee furious after an ‘insulting’ Senate briefing on Trump’s Iran strike: ‘The worst briefing … on a military issue I’ve seen in 9 years’

Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah was furious on Wednesday after a Senate briefing on President Donald Trump’s decision to order an airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Lee called it “probably the worst briefing, at least on a military issue, I’ve seen in nine years I’ve been […]
GOP Sen. Mike Lee furious after an ‘insulting’ Senate briefing on Trump’s Iran strike: ‘The worst briefing … on a military issue I’ve seen in 9 years’
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The Fox host with Trump’s ear on military issues urges him to bomb Iranian cultural sites and ‘rewrite the rules’ of war to be ‘advantageous to us’

Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth regularly has the president’s ear on military issues and often pushes him to embrace more extreme measures like pardoning convicted war criminals. On Wednesday morning, Hegseth used his powerful microphone on Fox to urge Trump to threaten attacks on Iran’s infrastructure, oil production facilities, […]
The Fox host with Trump’s ear on military issues urges him to bomb Iranian cultural sites and ‘rewrite the rules’ of war to be ‘advantageous to us’
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The Iranian missile strike on 2 US bases may be the end of open hostilities between Tehran and Washington — but only if Trump is smart enough to get the message

Early Wednesday morning, Iran launched missile strikes against two military bases in Iraq where US troops were stationed. The strikes, launched in response to the US assassination of Iran’s top military commander, did not cause any deaths. Iranian leaders say they will not escalate the conflict further unless the US […]
The Iranian missile strike on 2 US bases may be the end of open hostilities between Tehran and Washington — but only if Trump is smart enough to get the message
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The showdown between Trump and Iran, explained in 60 seconds

President Donald Trump’s order to kill Iran’s top general has sparked fears of war. Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s assassination came after a series of escalating attacks between Iran and the US. Both Iran and Trump have a history of levelling serious threats without following through, and no one can say […]
The showdown between Trump and Iran, explained in 60 seconds
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Iran says it has 13 ‘revenge scenarios’ that would be a ‘historic nightmare’ for the US following Soleimani’s assassination

Iran has discussed 13 “revenge scenarios” for the US after President Donald Trump ordered a strike on the country’s top general last week, an Iranian national-security official reportedly said. Citing a report from Iran’s Fars News Agency, Reuters reported that Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, […]
Iran says it has 13 ‘revenge scenarios’ that would be a ‘historic nightmare’ for the US following Soleimani’s assassination
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Trump’s unpredictability is making nuclear-nonproliferation advocates nervous as the US takes an aggressive posture against Iran

Tensions between Iran and the US have escalated dramatically in recent weeks, most notably with President Donald Trump ordering the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Trump has vowed potentially disproportionate attacks against Iran if the country retaliates against Americans. Nuclear-weapons experts aren’t immediately concerned about a “tactical” (or […]
Trump’s unpredictability is making nuclear-nonproliferation advocates nervous as the US takes an aggressive posture against Iran
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Terrifying video shows Australian air force pilots flying through a haze of orange smoke that prevented them from completing a bushfire rescue mission

Terrifying video posted to Twitter shows Royal Australian Air Force pilots navigating through a thick haze of orange smoke that prevented them from completing rescue missions in towns affected by bushfires. “Our people are highly trained & professional, but not always able to complete the mission on first try,” Australia’s […]
Terrifying video shows Australian air force pilots flying through a haze of orange smoke that prevented them from completing a bushfire rescue mission
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2 Cold War-era nuclear missile silos that sat abandoned for decades went on sale in Arizona for $495,000 each. One just sold for more than asking price, while the other took a $20,000 price cut.

Two decommissioned missile silos were for sale in southern Arizona, and one sold for $US500,000. The second had its price cut to $US475,000. Both were designed to hold Titan II missiles, which were designed to carry nuclear warheads from one continent to another. Another silo of the same type sold […]
2 Cold War-era nuclear missile silos that sat abandoned for decades went on sale in Arizona for $495,000 each. One just sold for more than asking price, while the other took a $20,000 price cut.