United Arab Emirates ‘Hacking Mystery’ - New York Times Report
A case that began with a feud in the United Arab Emirates, stretched from the U.S. to India and is now playing out in the British courts offers a rare glimpse into the anatomy of a hack-and-leak operation’ reported the New York Times Business section. The NYT report analyses the hacking attempts of Farhad Azima and Khater Massaad but Radha Stirling, CEO of Due Process International and Detained in Dubai, explains her organisation and her clients, Dr Massaad and Oussama El Omari were also targeted by the regime.
“This is monstrous,” said Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, whose organisation was targeted in an elaborate hacking scheme by the UAE last year. “This is a government employing private sector spies to hack the communications of, and deceitfully obtain information from foreign citizens; citizens of countries who are allies of both the UAE and Israel. By contracting the espionage out to a private firm, the government of Ras Al Khaimah is trying to avoid accountability for spying on foreign nationals outside their jurisdiction; but this is a major breach and the UAE must be called to account.
“They went to an inordinate amount of trouble to hack my personal communications, which would have given the UAE access to confidential client information, personal details of victims, and the identities of everyone in our support network, with a very obvious intention of then targeting and persecuting those people. The regime is charged with grave human rights violations including torture, false imprisonment, fabrication of evidence, threats and intimidation, endemic corruption; and the list goes on. They want to silence every voice that draws attention to their wrongdoing, and most of those voices belong to people interacting with my device,” Stirling explained.