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You might think that data extracted from a phone in a lab or police station can be a good thing. But what if the owner is a journalist?


  1. Where are some of the countries where this type of spyware is becoming the most ubiquitous by government agencies against independent journalists?
  2. What is the name of the company that quit selling its spyware to Russia and Belarus, citing human rights concerns?
  3. What is the unique powers that the spyware mentioned in the article has on cellphone data?
  4. Based on this article and as a business student, what was the vulnerability that bothered you most? Why?


Earp, M. (2023) Forensic Tools Open New Front for Using Phone Data to Prosecute Journalists. Global Investigative Journalism Network, Jan. 6 (Retrievable online at