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Reports: At least 9 State Dept. staffers have been hacked

Randy Mancini 27 December 3, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 26: The U.S. State Department is shown January 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Four senior management team members at the State Department resigned January 25, adding to an exodus of career senior foreign service officers who have recently resigned their positions. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 26: The U.S. State Department is shown January 26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The U.S. State Department is investigating a hacking attempt on American diplomats in Uganda.

According to reports on Friday, up to 11 State Department employees had spyware on their iPhones from Israel-based tech firm “NSO Group.” Reports said the staffers were being hacked over the past several months.

However, NSO Group has denied their products were used in this particular attack and claim to have blocked “relevant customers” from accessing their systems. Officials with the company said they will comply with any government probe.

iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees in Uganda were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group

— Reuters

— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) December 3, 2021

Several federal agencies have flagged NSO as a national security risk. This comes as the company has been sued by several U.S. tech companies over hacking claims from customers.

The State Department has not yet commented on the matter and haven’t confirmed the culprit of the hackings.

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