Dark Caracal: Analysis of Lebanon’s recently discovered state-sponsored hacking

If Edward Snowden taught the world anything, it’s that governments now have the ability to pry into the personal and political affairs of their own citizens at relative ease, and Lebanon is no exception. In the wake of the bombshell revelations illustrating the country’s state-sponsored spying activities – directed at its own people – Lebanon […]

Marada chief compares Lebanon FM Bassil to Syria’s Ghazi Kanaan

Marada Movement chief and former presidential candidate MP Suleiman Frangieh launched a fierce verbal attack Thursday against the Free Patriotic Movement and compared its leader Jebran Bassil to Ghazi Kanaan, the long-time head of Syria’s security apparatus in Lebanon. “I reiterate that our project won through President Michel Aoun’s election, and in the strategic issues […]

Lebanese hacking campaign could be part of something much larger

There’s a string of spyware campaigns operating out of a government building in Lebanon, according to new research from Lookout Security and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Dubbed “Dark Caracal,” the new group is linked to attacks on thousands of victims in more than 21 different countries, a range of targets so broad that researchers believe […]

Lebanon’s spying agency turns smartphone Into selfie spycam: report

Lebanon’s intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say. Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security (GDGS) has run more than 10 campaigns since at least 2012 aimed mainly at Android […]

Lebanese spies ‘left thousands of hacked text messages on open internet’

A major hacking operation tied to Lebanon’s main intelligence agency has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday. Mobile security firm Lookout, Inc. and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, said the haul, which includes nearly half a […]

Moody’s expects Lebanon’s economy to grow 2.8 % this year

Rating agency Moody’s forecast Lebanon’s economy will grow 2.8 percent in 2018, slightly faster than last year thanks to the resumption of long-delayed public investment projects. The forecast revises down Moody’s previous forecast, published in September, for 3.0 percent growth in 2018. It also cut its growth estimate for 2017 to 2.5 percent, which is […]

China’s trade body (CCPIT) picks Lebanon as its Mideast, North Africa headquarters

Lebanon was chosen as the Middle East and North Africa regional headquarters for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday. Lebanon was chosen due to its strategic location, free economy and openness to investment, the statement said. “CCPIT has 30 representative offices globally […]

Lebanon bans ‘The Post’ over Spielberg’s Israel support

Lebanon’s censorship authorities have effectively banned Steven Spielberg’s newspaper drama, “The Post,” because the American director is on a regional blacklist for supporting Israel. The directive by the country’s General Security agency still needs to be signed by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to enter into effect, but that is considered a formality that is unlikely […]