The German Foreign Ministry yesterday lodged a complaint with Russia over ongoing attempts to stage cyberespionage and influence operations against the Bundestag during the run-up to national elections, Deutsche Welle reports. The activity, which is reported to have successfully compromised some Federal networks, is part of the long-running and often described GhostWriter campaign against Central and Eastern European targets.
In an unrelated development, Germany’s federal police, the BKA, are reported to have quietly purchased NSO Group's controversial Pegasus intercept tool. Tagesschau says authorities will report on the purchase to a watchdog Bundestag committee today. Die Zeit reports that the capabilities of Pegasus outrun the kinds of surveillance permissible under German law.
France’s Interior Ministry disclosed Friday that its visa platform sustained a cyberattack that exposed personal information of visa applicants.
Pradeo reports that modified apps--legitimate applications copied and modified to deliver malicious payloads--continue to circulate. Pradeo draws particular attention to bogus Netflix apps that are afflicting the unwary.
ProtonMail has acceded to a "legally binding order from the Swiss Federal Department of Justice'' that required it to turn over the IP address and information about devices “Youth for Climate” (described as “anti-gentrification activists”) used to access ProtonMail. The information led to the arrest of some members of the group in France, Hacker News reports.
Apple has suspended plans to screen for child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The company told TechCrunch Friday that, "based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others," it will postpone such screening pending further study.