What you need to know
- A new Forbes report says a European Union agency trained police worldwide to hack iPhones.
- The report claims CEPOL told officers "across the globe" how to use tools like GrayKey to access iPhones.
- Training also reportedly included using fake Facebook accounts and scraping tools on Twitter for social media surveillance.
A new report from Forbes claims the EU law enforcement training agency CEPOL trained police officers around the world to use hacking tools like GrayKey to access iPhones.
The report, From cybersecurity expert Thomas Brewster, states:
According to the report, slides and training documents uncovered reveal that CEPOL promoted the use of iPhone hacking tool GrayKey:
The report says that a training session in Morocco contained information telling participants to use GrayKey alongside Axiom, a Canadian-made tool that "can grab the Apple keychain from within the iPhone, granting it access to apps and the data within." The report continues:
The report further claims that CEPOL and EU police "are encouraging foreign governments to spy on social networks", using fake Facebook accounts and scraping tools to gather up tweets. As noted by Brewster on Twitter, such tactics would violate both Twitter and Facebook's terms.
As the report notes, this revelation comes just days after the EU announced its plan for "EU-wide transparency on the export of cyber surveillance."
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