DEA using Israeli-made phone spyware to pursue drug cartels — NY Times

Illustrative photo of an Android smartphone (screenshot: YouTube)
Illustrative photo of an Android smartphone (screenshot: YouTube)

The US Drug Enforcement Administration has been using spyware developed by an Israeli company as part of its investigative work, The New York Times reports.

The report cites five individuals with knowledge of the matter.

The DEA is using the software Graphite made by Israel’s Paragon, the report says. The spyware allows users to collect data backed up from an individual’s phone to the cloud.

The report cites a DEA official as saying the agency has only used it outside the US in its efforts to stop drug cartels.

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