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Monday, 7 October 2019

Egypt in the News on 7 October 2019: Cybersecurity leads the conversation

Cybersecurity led the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press over the weekend: News of an alleged campaign to plant software in apps downloaded from the Google Play Store to track the movements of Egyptian rights activists and journalists is generating significant coverage (New York TimesRegisterArs TechnicaCyberscoop). Forbes, however, questions whether the move was actually led by the government, saying that its “amateurish” nature indicates that it may have been “a ‘false flag’ operation using Egypt as a foil.”

In other cyber news, Facebook has taken down two more pages based out of Egypt for “inauthentic” behavior, the company disclosed in a statement.

Other headlines to keep on your radar this morning:

  • Policy reforms are underway to balance austerity measures following recent demonstrations, says Ahmed Aboudouh in the Independent.
  • A protester from Damietta talks to the Independent about his reasons for taking to the streets in September.
  • The New York Times looks at tightened security measures in Egypt amid calls for renewed protests.

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