Hackers linked to Lebanese government caught in global cyber-espionage operation

The General Directorate of General Security, a Lebanese intelligence agency, has been tied to a mobile hacking operation discovered by researchers with cybersecurity firm Lookout Mobile Security and digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

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