Exiled Russian journalist hacked using NSO Group spyware

  • September 13, 2023
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Galina Timchenko, head of media outlet declared ‘undesirable’ by Moscow, targeted in February while living in Berlin

An award-winning Russian journalist living in exile in Europe was hacked using Israeli spyware made by NSO Group, according to a joint investigation by the Citizen Lab and Access Now.

Galina Timchenko was hacked on or around 10 February, at a time when she was based in Berlin, Germany, marking the first time that an independent Russian journalist – whose media outlet has been targeted by Moscow and declared an “undesirable organisation” – is known to have been hacked with spyware.

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