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NSO Fleming technology used real site data

 


Researchers have concluded that the nso group, a spyware manufacturer, used the real data of the site for thousands of people when it introduced its new Fleming system for tracking the Coronavirus to governments and journalists.

The NSO, a company famous for selling government access to pegasus spy software, earlier this year promoted its system, which aims to help governments track the spread of the Coronavirus.

Fleming is designed to allow governments to feed location data from mobile phone companies to visualize and track the spread of the virus.

The NSO has provided a presentation of Fleming's technology to several news outlets, which nso says it helps governments make public health decisions without compromising individual privacy.

In May, a security researcher discovered an exposed database that stores thousands of location data points used by the NSO to illustrate how Fleming works.

The researcher informed the company, which secured the database, but said that the location data was not based on real data.

The NSO claim that the location data was not true differs from the media reports, which said that nso had used location data obtained from data brokers to train the system.

Privacy expert Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler said the NSO told her that data was obtained from data brokers, who sell access to vast collections of total location data collected from apps installed across millions of phones.

Researchers at Forensic Architecture, an academic unit at the University of London that studies and examine human rights violations, published their findings and concluded that the exposed data was most likely based on the real data of the site.

"If the data is genuine, the NSO has violated the privacy of 32,000 individuals in several countries," the researchers said.

The researchers analyzed a sample of the exposed location data by looking for patterns they expected to see with real people's location data, such as: concentration of people in major cities and measuring the time it takes for individuals to travel from place to place.

The researchers also found spatial irregularities that would be associated with real data, such as: patterns resulting from a phone that tries to determine its exact location when the line of vision to the satellite is blocked by high-rise buildings.

The data set is probably not fake data and is not computer-generated, but reflects the movement of actual individuals, possibly from telecommunications companies or another source, the researchers said.

The data most likely originated from phone applications that use a combination of live GPS data, nearby wireless networks and built-in sensors to try to improve the quality of location data.

The NSO rejected the researchers' findings, saying: We did not see the supposed examination and we have to wonder how these conclusions were reached, however, the experimental materials were not based on real data on individuals infected with MERS., she said.

"Fleming is a user-provided data decomposition tool to assist healthcare decision makers during this global pandemic, nSO does not collect any system data, and nSO has no access to the data collected.

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