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Google Says Spyware Firms Exploiting ‘Zero-Day’ Software Bugs

June 23, 2022, 4:00 PM

A new report from Google finds that most of the zero-day vulnerabilities its researchers discovered last year were being exploited by commercial surveillance vendors and that sell the tools to governments to surreptitiously monitor their citizens.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Thursday that it has been tracking more than 30 firms with “varying levels of sophistication and public exposure” that sold software exploits or surveillance capabilities.

Seven out of nine zero-day vulnerabilities that Google found in 2021 were being developed by commercial providers and “sold to and used by government-backed actors,” the company said. Zero-days flaws are issues in software that hackers and spyware vendors can exploit until a ...