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Stealth Falcon group uses custom spyware, fake journalists to target UAE dissidents

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    Meet Stealth Falcon, a sophisticated and likely state-sponsored cyberespionage group, which is hell bent on conducting targeted spyware attacks “against Emriati journalists, activists and dissidents.” The digital attacks started in 2012 and are still being carried out against United Arab Emirates (UAE) dissidents. It’s not “just” spying with custom spyware that leads to dissidents being “arbitrarily detained;” once identified as criticizing the authorities, UAE dissidents can be forcibly disappeared.

    “The UAE has gotten much more sophisticated since we first caught them using Hacking Team software in 2012,” Bill Marczak, a senior researcher at Citizen Lab told the New York Times. “They've clearly upped their game. They're not on the level of the United States or the Russians, but they're clearly moving up the chain.”

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