- How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air. From The Register. Discerning secret crypto keys in computers and gadgets by spying on how they function isn’t new, although the techniques used are often considered impractical. A new paper demonstrates this surveillance can be pretty easy to pull off, even over the air from a few metres away.
Stealth Falcon: New Malware from (Probably) the UAE. From Schneier On Security. This report describes a campaign of targeted spyware attacks carried out by a sophisticated operator, which we call Stealth Falcon. The attacks have been conducted from 2012 until the present, against Emirati journalists, activists, and dissidents. We discovered this campaign when an individual purporting to be from an apparently fictitious organization called “The Right to Fight” contacted Rori Donaghy. Donaghy, a UK-based journalist and founder of the Emirates Center for Human Rights, received a spyware-laden email in November 2015, purporting to offer him a position on a human rights panel. Donaghy has written critically of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government in the past, and had recently published a series of articles based on leaked emails involving members of the UAE government.