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U.S. Government Blacklists Cytrox and Intellexa Spyware Vendors for Cyber Espionage
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U.S. Government Blacklists Cytrox and Intellexa Spyware Vendors for Cyber Espionage

Tuesday, the U.S. government put Cytrox and Intellexa, two foreign commercial spyware providers, on an economic blacklist for "threatening [ing] the privacy and security of individuals and organizations worldwide" by weaponizing cyber vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to equipment. This covers the businesses' corporate assets in North Macedonia (Cytrox AD), Greece (Intellexa S.A.), Ireland (Intellexa Limited), and Hungary (Cytrox assets Crt). It forbids U.S. companies from doing business with these organizations by placing them to the economic denylist. The Commerce Department's action today targets these entities' ability to access commodities, software, and technology that could contribute to the development of surveillance tools that pose a risk of misuse in violations ...
Biden executive order bans federal agencies from using commercial spyware
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Biden executive order bans federal agencies from using commercial spyware

A new executive order that would generally prohibit the use of commercially produced spyware by U.S. federal agencies that endangers human rights and national security was unveiled by the Biden administration on Monday. Federal agencies, such as law enforcement, defense, and intelligence, will now be prohibited from using commercial spyware, according to officials, who also confirmed that dozens of U.S. government employees' phones had been targeted. The dangers posed by commercial spyware, which is produced in the private sector and sold almost exclusively to governments and nation-states, have been raised for years by human rights advocates and security researchers read more Biden executive order bans federal agencies from using commercial spyware. Stay informed with the best c...