Tuesday, October 19, 2021

From Pearl to Pegasus: Bahraini Government Hacks Activists with NSO Group Zero-Click iPhone Exploits

Summary & Key Findings

We identified nine Bahraini activists whose iPhones were successfully hacked with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware between June 2020 and February 2021. Some of the activists were hacked using two zero-click iMessage exploits: the 2020 KISMET exploit and a 2021 exploit that we call FORCEDENTRY .

and a 2021 exploit that we call . The hacked activists included three members of Waad (a secular Bahraini political society), three members of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights , two…

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