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Israeli spyware company NSO Group placed on US Dept of Commerce’s blacklist

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The US government has sanctioned today four companies that develop and sell spyware and other hacking tools, the US Department of Commerce announced today.

The four companies include Israel’s NSO Group and Candiru, Russian security firm Positive Technologies, and Singapore-based Computer Security Initiative Consultancy.

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NSO Group has been placed on a US blacklist by the Biden administration after it determined the Israeli spyware maker has acted “contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the US”.
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10 publishers are responsible for 69% of climate change denial content on Facebook

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Ten publishers are responsible for 69% of digital climate change denial content on Facebook, a new study from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has found. The outlets, which the report labels the “toxic ten”, include several conservative websites in the US, as well as Russian state media.

  • Breitbart, a far-right news site once run by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon
  • Western Journal, a Conservative news site
  • Newsmax, which has previously been sued for promoting election fraud conspiracies
  • Townhall Media, founded by the Exxon-funded Heritage Foundation
  • Media Research Center, a “thinktank” that received funding from Exxon
  • Washington Times, founded by self-proclaimed messiah Sun Myung Moon
  • The Federalist Papers, a site that has promoted Covid misinformation
  • Daily Wire, a conservative news site that is of the most engaged-with publishers on Facebook
  • Russian state media, pushing disinformation via RT.com and Sputnik News
  • Patriot Post, a conservative site whose writers use pseudonyms

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Over 100 nations promise to end deforestation by 2030

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More than 100 world leaders have signed a historic pact to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, in a deal that has been hailed by some observers as one of the “first major outcomes” from the COP26 Climate Summit.

The UK, the US, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Canada, and Russia are among the countries to sign the agreement, which is set to be announced at a forest and land use event tomorrow at COP26 by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK government confirmed late last night.

In his address to world leaders at the event, Johnson is expected to hail the new agreement – which reportedly has been signed by governments responsible for the 85 per cent of the world’s forests – as an “unprecedented” step forward for efforts to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.

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NATO has expelled eight Russian diplomats from its headquarters in Brussels for alleged spying

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Nato has expelled eight Russian diplomats it says have been working secretly as intelligence officers.

The military alliance has also halved the size of Moscow’s mission working at its Brussels headquarters to 10.

It is the first time Nato has taken such action against Moscow since it expelled seven Russian diplomats from the mission in the wake of the 2018 Salisbury spy poisonings.

Russian officials accused the West of using Moscow as a “bogeyman”.

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