The Mail & Guardian in South Africa reported on 2nd October highlighting a report called ‘Hide and Seek’ from Citizen Lab — a Canada based internet watchdog — which identified 45 countries in which devices infected with Pegasus, a notorious spyware program sold only to governments have been traced, after scanning the internet for servers associated with Pegasus spyware. The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber warfare firm NSO Group, has been used by governments to target journalists and human rights activists. The report also identified multiple instances of cross-border surveillance. Electronic devices, have been discovered in South Africa, as well as 11 other African countries – Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.

Meanwhile, the Times of Israel also has an article concerned with the report, highlighting the use of the software to target a Saudi dissident in Canada.  It also remarks that Israeli companies have in the past been accused of selling monitoring software to countries with poor human rights records.

The report is available at –


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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