Spyware is going commercial

Monday 13 June, 2022

It has long been known that NSO’s Pegasus Spyware has been able to attack mobile phone privacy and security, especially when targeting specific individuals. The spyware’s use is an incredibly expensive course of action and is mostly deployed by law enforcement agencies and governments across the world. 

However, there has been an increase in the number of activities within the emerging surveillance for hire industry. New software and techniques have been developed that allows the industry access to foreign governments that would otherwise not have been able to use these types of mobile spyware innovations. 

One notable spyware has been developed by the North Macedonian firm Cytrox, specially aimed at Android users.

It is thought that countries such as Egypt, Armenia, Greece, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Serbia, Spain, and Indonesia are among those governments that have used the new spyware.  

By offering more cost-effective methods to authoritarian regimes and law enforcement agencies more widely, it provides them with the tools they need to spy on individuals such as protestors, human rights campaigners, journalists, political challengers, and even regular citizens. 

With such an increase in both the number of businesses offering this spyware and the ability of new States to be able to use them, it naturally poses significantly higher risks to both organisations and individuals of being attacked. 

Protect yourself and your business from spyware

There are now an increasing number of business and private individuals switching to using the military grade smartphone security that the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 delivers. 

The Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 has been specially designed and built to protect against hackers and their latest techniques.

The defences that the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 delivers include:

  • A Zero Attack Surface – Removes the usual weaknesses such as GSM services, SMS services, Google apps and services.
  • End-To-End Encryption – Every communication is secured with end-to-end encryption and are only transmitted using a fully encrypted network. 
  • Verified Boot – During every boot start-up, the device fingerprint is authenticated against a server-side copy to ensure the validity of the OS. 
  • Encrypted Storage – The Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 has built-in storage features that are fully encrypted and secured, using highly complex passwords making it an unbreakable solution. 

It is now much clearer that the use of this form of cyberattack is becoming far more widespread across the world.  

As a result, businesses that are worried about protecting their Intellectual Property, Financial Information or Contract Details need to seriously consider protecting their communications by changing their smartphones to the new Blackphone PRIVY 2.0. 

This is also the same for individuals who consider that their personal and sensitive information, data files and locations should always remain secure and private. 

If you would like to find out more about how the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 can help you, please complete the enquiry form or give one of our team a call, we are always on hand to help. 

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