The discovery of lawful intercept tools concealed in apps available in Google Play may be on its way to becoming a major scandal in Italy. Threatpost reports that Google has removed the applications from its store. The twenty-five apps affected contained spyware that researchers believe may have been produced by Italian security company eSurv; as SecurityWeek notes, eSurv has been difficult to contact about the matter. Motherboard says that Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into eSurv amid suspicion that the intercept tools were commissioned by the Italian government.
India's election season is in full swing, and according to the Wall Street Journal government attempts to restrain fake news have yielded disappointing results. Politically loaded hoaxes are rampant on WhatsApp, despite the Facebook subsidiary's attempts to control them. Much misinformation seems domestic in origin, pushed by rival parties.
The first round of Ukraine's presidential elections is over, with a runoff between front-runner Volodymyr Zelenskiy (television actor and political neophyte) and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko scheduled for April 21st. TASS is authorized to disclose that Russia may decline to recognize the election results, citing widespread fraud and intimidation. This seems more information operation than news; other observers saw no such problems.
Hacktivists of OpIsrael are expected to hit the Jewish state on Sunday in their annual protest against Israel, the Allgemeiner and other sources report.
Motherboard says that investigators retained by Jeff Bezos concluded that NSO Group hacked the Amazon founder on behalf of the Saudi government. NSO Group denies involvement.