Private Israeli firm NSO Group is under fire again. Its Pegasus spyware has hacked into 50,000 phone numbers belonging to activists, journalists, and world leaders, violating rights to privacy and international human rights law. NSO founders’ roots are in the IDF. NSO Group regularly tests its technologies on Palestinians… In July, private Israeli firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was found to have hacked into 50,000 phone numbers belonging to activists, journalists, and world leaders. Once installed on phones, the software enables an attacker to have complete access to the device’s contacts, messages, emails, photos, microphone, and camera. Pegasus spyware has been used in 40 countries, but so far only 11 countries have been identified as customers of NSO Group, including Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Rwanda, India, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, and Togo. The leaked list of numbers was connected to many high-profile names where the spyware was used both within and outside of countries, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Morocco’s PM Saad-Eddine El Othmani, as well as family members and close connections of murdered Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
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