Hackers Tried to Compromise Phones of Tibetans Working for Dalai Lama

Hackers Tried to Compromise Phones of Tibetans Working for Dalai Lama

by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Vice

Citizen Lab details new hacking campaigns against high-profile Tibetans using iPhones and Android smartphones.

Hackers tried to break into the iPhones and Android devices of several Tibetans, some working for the office of the Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan Administration, and the Tibetan parliament, according to a new report.

The hackers used exploits and spyware developed for the iOS and Android operating systems, and attempted to deliver them through carefully crafted phishing messages sent via WhatsApp, from people who pretended to be journalists, staffers of NGOs, and volunteers to Tibetan human rights groups, according to the report, published by the digital rights group Citizen Lab on Tuesday.

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