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Israel court rejects Amnesty petition against spyware firm NSO

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Judge Rachel Barkai rejects the Amnesty International petition, claiming there was 'no evidence that an attempt has been made to monitor a human rights activist while trying to gain access to his telephone,' in a ruling on Monday

NSO. An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Spyware by Israel's NSO used against journalist – Amnesty International

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:54 PM

Amnesty International says the Moroccan authorities used NSO's Pegasus software to insert spyware onto the cellphone of Omar Radi, a journalist convicted in March over a social media post

NSO GROUP. An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

India seeks answers from WhatsApp after cyberespionage

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:08 AM

While the government asks WhatsApp to explain the nature of the breach, opposition leaders accuse authorities of invading citizens' privacy

Facts about NSO Group, the Israeli firm accused of cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:40 AM

NSO Group produces Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target's cell phone camera and microphone and access data on it, effectively turning the phone into a pocket spy


WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO over cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The suit filed in a California federal court contends that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 "target devices" with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app

Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media – Financial Times

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The Financial Times writes that NSO group had 'told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of an individual’s data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, according to people familiar with its sales pitch'

Amnesty International alleges 'hostile' government behind spyware attack

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The group says one of its staff received a suspicious WhatsApp message by smartphone, containing a link that – if downloaded – would have installed Pegasus, a sophisticated surveillance tool developed by Israel-based NSO Group

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. The logo of NGO Amnesty International is projected onto the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French national assembly, late on June 18, 2018. File photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Gov’t warning: Make sure annulment documents are real

Dec 27, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Aware of rampant forgery of documents and many falling prey to persistent fixers the PSA urges the public to deal only with certified officers

#AfterYolanda: Gaps in mental health care glaring

Apr 16, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Yolanda survivors had suffered from mental health conditions like depression anxiety post traumatic stress disorder and post natal depression

PHOTO PACKAGE FOR ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 19, 2013, Mary Joy Ducusin reacts as she finds her missing six year old son, British citizen Jairo Ben among the bodies brought to one of three mass burial sites where they so far have received more than one thousand typhoon victims in Tacloban, after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the central Philippines. Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to make landfall, packed winds of 315 kilometres (195 miles) per hour when it slammed the central Philippines on November 8, 2013, bringing tsunami-like storm surges that wiped out entire villages and left more than 7,350 people dead or missing. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN / FILES

The roles of gov't agencies in promoting women's rights

Mar 14, 2015 - 12:07 PM

The government has assigned specific roles to national agencies to help improve the lives of women in the country

#AfterYolanda: 12,000 die of diseases in E. Visayas

Nov 12, 2014 - 4:19 PM

It s double the number of those who died during the storm Causes are hypertensive vascular disease pneumonia trauma and accidents cancer of all forms and tuberculosis

File photo by P.K. Lee/MSF

After Yolanda: Gov't agencies pick up the pieces

Nov 08, 2014 - 9:15 AM

Rappler talks to 4 agencies to find out the condition of important public documents post Yolanda

DIGITIZING LAND TITLES. Volunteers convert land titles stored in the Registry of Deeds in Palo into digital format. Photo by the Land Registration Authority

Young, pregnant and poor

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:52 AM

For poor teenage mothers life is a roller coaster ride that just goes round and round

YOUNG AND PREGNANT. How do education, poverty, and pregnancy interplay in the Philippines? Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

How climate change threatens our food security

Mar 15, 2014 - 11:41 AM

As the world becomes warmer in the coming years Philippine agriculture will face greater challenges

LOSS. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Where does the PH stand in its fight vs hunger?

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:12 PM

The UN Millennium Development Goals targets an end to extreme hunger and poverty by 2015 Time is running out

PH VS Hunger. How far have we come in our ongoing fight against hunger? Figures from the past few years suggest that the country's battle against hunger might go beyond 2015. Photo by Jes Aznar/AFP

January inflation hits 4.2%, 2-year high

Feb 05, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Inflation picks up in January on higher food and beverage prices

November exports post biggest growth in 3 months

Jan 10, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Exports grow for the 6th straight month buoyed by shipments of electronic and agro based goods

UP. Merchandise exports continue to grow in  November.AFP PHOTO

Inflation at 2-year high after Haiyan

Jan 07, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Prices of major food items rise across the board in December especially in storm hit areas

2-YEAR HIGH. Inflation for December jumps to two-year high following devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. AFP PHOTO

October imports at 18-month low

Dec 27, 2013 - 2:51 PM

October imports reached 4 824 billion 8 6 percent lower compared to the figure recorded in October 2012

DECLINE. October imports is at an 18-month low. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

Nov inflation at 9-month high of 3.3%

Dec 05, 2013 - 3:42 PM

Inflation is expected to accelerate further in the coming months due to the effects of Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan according to the BSP

HIGHEST IN 9 MONTHS. November inflation accelerates due to higher food and utility prices. Photo by AFP.

Sept imports up 7.2%

Nov 26, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Higher demand for goods is expected during the holiday season says government

HOLIDAY DEMAND. September imports increased year-on-year due to higher electronics shipments. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

Oct inflation at 7-month high of 2.9%

Nov 05, 2013 - 12:18 PM

Inflation picks up due to higher food and beverage price hikes

HIGHER INFLATION. October  inflation accelerated  due to higher  prices of food, non-alcoholic beverages

August imports growth slide to 6.9%

Oct 25, 2013 - 12:14 PM

Value of imports in August reached 5 542 billion reflecting a 6 9 year on year hike that s slower than July s pace

SLOWER GROWTH. The pace of growth of Philippine imports slowed down in August. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

August exports surprise: 20% growth fastest in 11 months

Oct 10, 2013 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED With an export growth of over 20 in August the Philippines was the top performer in Southeast Asia

September inflation accelerates to 2.7%

Oct 04, 2013 - 10:59 AM

UPDATE Higher inflation in September is due to accelerated prices of food and alcohol

Imports bounce back in July

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:12 AM

Imports recover in July on the back of higher shipments of electronic products

A staff member of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines shows in their Manila office on December 10, 2008 computer chips manufactured by foreign semiconductor firms in the country. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

Is the price right?

Jul 13, 2013 - 3:36 PM

While government takes on the challenge of ensuring growth and development it should never be alone in its work

More jobless Pinoys despite GDP growth

Jun 11, 2013 - 1:27 PM

The government notes significant job losses in the agriculture sector due to extreme weather conditions

UNEMPLOYMENT UP. Job loss in agriculture hikes unemployment rate of the country, according to NEDA assistant director general Rosemarie Edillon. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

Traded goods within PH down in Q4

Mar 29, 2013 - 1:09 PM

Domestic trade plunged in the 4th quarter of 2012 from a year ago as economic activity focused more on international trade

WEAKER DOMESTIC TRADING. The volume of traded commodities within the country drops in the fourth quarter of 2012. AFP/JAY DIRECTO

10 awesome things gov't agencies are doing

Mar 12, 2013 - 2:24 PM

Despite all the bad news in the headlines there are some great things that government agencies and officials have been doing It s time to give credit where credit is due

GOOD NEWS. Good things are happening in some parts of the government

10-mo PH imports growth below 1%

Dec 28, 2012 - 2:07 PM

Imports continue to recover in October as the fourth quarter begins

Unemployment persists despite stellar PH growth

Dec 19, 2012 - 8:38 PM

After 3 quarters of higher than expected economic growth the country s unemployment and underemployment rates remained at high levels says the NSO

Data sourced from the National Statistics Office. Photo by AFP.

Tuna, banana hike October exports by 6.1% to $4.4-B

Dec 11, 2012 - 11:27 AM

Agriculture exports push up the country s merchandise exports to a 6 1 growth in October says the National Statistics Office

Smokers, drinkers spend P53.5-B on excise taxes in 2010

Dec 01, 2012 - 1:57 PM

In 2010 P67 billion or a little more than 8 of government revenues came from excise taxes says the National Statistical Coordination Board

Imports rebound in September

Nov 27, 2012 - 11:34 AM

The country s merchandise imports rise 3 6 in September to 5 267 billion from 5 083 billion last year

More jobless Pinoys in August - SWS

Nov 15, 2012 - 4:31 PM

The SWS rate is much higher than the figure in the latest survey of the National Statistics Office

Is PH really diversifying its exports?

Nov 13, 2012 - 8:17 PM

Other exports accounted for 36 76 of total in September with as much as 1 76 billion in revenues This reflects a hefty 79 85 growth from a year ago

EXPORTS. A crane stacks shipping containers of Philippine products for export at the international container port in Manila. Photo by AFP

It's Novembeard! Grow your beard to fight cancer

Nov 03, 2012 - 2:33 PM

The annual movement which is popular in the US originated in Australia in 2003 when a group of men competed in a challenge to grow their facial hair inspired by some females promoting breast cancer awareness

Difficult to grow businesses in PH - Neda

Oct 04, 2012 - 6:59 PM

Small businesses in the country continue to experience difficulties in becoming large scale firms says Neda

Amid hacking spree, NSO beefs up website

Oct 04, 2012 - 12:33 PM

NSO launches new website design

Electronics continue 2-year decline in total import share

Sep 25, 2012 - 3:36 PM

Electronic imports continue two year decline in July based on data from the NSO

Underemployment hits 6-year high at 22.7% in July

Sep 18, 2012 - 12:22 PM

Philippine underemployment rate worsens to 6 year high of 22 7 in July largely due to weather disturbances

Factory output growth slows to 4.7%

Sep 14, 2012 - 5:30 PM

Contractions are recorded in the electrical machinery chemical products and non metallic products segments

Poverty, scarcity and the rule of the Catholic Church

Aug 02, 2012 - 11:09 AM

The RH bill is opposed mainly by those living in luxury and comfort our bishops and legislators among them

22 fetuses die in PH daily – NSO

Jul 04, 2012 - 4:04 PM

The number of fetal deaths increased in 2010 with most of the deaths occurring in Metro Manila

Meet Enrico and Danica, child workers

Jun 26, 2012 - 5:12 PM

At least 5 5 million Filipino kids are classified as child workers according to the first national survey since 2001

DUMP. A child worker in Tondo, Manila. Photo courtesy of ILO

9 of 10 Pinoys don't bribe - survey

May 09, 2012 - 2:27 PM

The Ombudsman commissioned a survey in 2010 to measure the scale of corruption in the Philippines based on actual experience

February exports post 10-month high at 14.6%

Apr 12, 2012 - 5:01 PM

After a lackluster performance for almost a year the country s merchandise exports posted a 10 month high of 14 6 in February prompting analysts to say the a recovery is on its way

Official population tally: 92.34-M Filipinos in 2010

Apr 08, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Official count is 92 337 852 population in 2010 which translated to an average annual growth of 1 9 during the decade slower than the 2 34 population growth rate in 1990 2000

SLOWER GROWTH? Total population of Philippines in 2010 was 92.34 million, according to census agency. This translates to an average 1.90% annual growth from 2000 to 2010, slower than the 2.43% annual pace in 1990-2000 period. Background photo from AFP