The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government invaded iPhone from diplomats, activists and foreign government officials from 2016 to 2017 through a group of former US intelligence agencies, according to a survey by the United States. American chain, NBC.
The spy people in the UAE include the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Al Zaniand a former High Representative from Turkey to the Yemeni human rights activist, Tawakkul Karman, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
The investigation reveals the testimony of the five former intelligence agents who were part of the group baptized "Project Raven". According to the article, the "Karma" software allowed the Gulf to capture photos, emails, text messages, passwords, and information about the location of hundreds of targets, and also showed that this kind of cyber weapons is not just a range of great powers. The unit was composed of Americans who worked as contractors in Abu Dhabi for local secret services and emirates officials.
Karma, according to testimony, could allow remote access to iPhone by simply uploading phone numbers or email goal accounts. The app did not work with Android devices or captured phone calls. However, unlike other systems, its effectiveness consisted of not requiring victims to click on a link or download any file.
According to testimony, this tool has been used by iMessage messaging system, the Apple's messaging system, and it worked even if the phone owner did not use the program.
"It was like Christmas," he said. Lori Stroud, a former Project Raven agent who previously worked with the National Security Agency (NSA).
According to the agents mentioned in the report, the Emirate government bought Karma from a foreign supplier. Americans, NSA veterans, and other intelligence agencies have been hired by the emirates by the cybernetic company DarkMatter.
The existence of the Karma and Raven Project groups is known in the midst of a growing cyber career, in which Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates compete for cyber-spy tools and workers.
Specialists say that this type of software is very demanding and it is assumed that only 10 countries – Russia, China and the United States – are able to develop them. (Reuters)