Emirati Spying App Is Linked to Company Employing Former NSO Programmers, Report Says
On Sunday, the New York Times reported that popular chat app ToTok is, in fact, a spying tool. The app was linked to Emirati government company DarkMatter, previously reported to have poached several employees from Israeli surveillance company NSO
CTech | 13:48 23.12.2019
A sophisticated surveillance tool disguised as a messaging app is linked to Abu Dhabi-based cyber surveillance company DarkMatter, according to a Sunday report by the New York Times. In a March NYT report, DarkMatter has been connected to former employees of Israeli surveillance company NSO Group. According to the NYT, the company also employs Emirati intelligence officials and former employees of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). ToTok, introduced several months ago as a secure messaging app and an alternative to other apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, was downloaded millions of times by users throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, the NYT reported. According to Sunday’s story, which cited American officials and NYT’s own investigation, it is a spying tool used by the government of the United Arab Emirates.