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[wlug] Firefox Fears UAE Government's Cybersecurity Company 'DarkMatter' May Be Tied To a Cyber Espionage Program

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Wed Mar 6 09:21:52 NZDT 2019

'Firefox browser-maker Mozilla is considering whether to block
cybersecurity company DarkMatter from serving as one of its internet
security gatekeepers after a Reuters report linked the United Arab
Emirates-based firm to a cyber espionage program. Reuters reported in
January that DarkMatter provided staff for a secret hacking operation,
codenamed Project Raven, on behalf of an Emirati intelligence agency.
The unit was largely comprised of former U.S. intelligence officials
who conducted offensive cyber operations for the UAE government.
Former Raven operatives told Reuters that many DarkMatter executives
were unaware of the secretive program, which operated from a converted
Abu Dhabi mansion away from DarkMatter's headquarters.

Those operations included hacking into the internet accounts of human
rights activists, journalists and officials from rival governments,
Reuters found. DarkMatter has denied conducting the operations and
says it focuses on protecting computer networks. While Mozilla had
been considering whether to grant DarkMatter the authority to certify
websites as safe, two Mozilla executives said in an interview last
week that Reuters' report raised concerns about whether DarkMatter
would abuse that authority. Mozilla said the company has not yet come
to a decision on whether to deny the authority to DarkMatter, but
expects to decide within weeks.'

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Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174

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