SPYWARE SOLD TO AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES USED TO TARGET ACTIVISTS, POLITICIANS AND JOURNALISTS

On 18 July, The Guardian carried an article saying that human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak.  The investigation by the Guardian and 16 other media organisations suggests widespread and continuing abuse of NSO’s hacking spyware, Pegasus.  Pegasus is a malware that infects iPhones and Android devices to enable operators of the tool to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones.  Among the various attached articles the Guardian says that the huge data leak shatters the lie that the innocent need not fear surveillance.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/18/revealed-leak-uncovers-global-abuse-of-cyber-surveillance-weapon-nso-group-pegasus

https://www.occrp.org/en/28-ccwatch/cc-watch-indepth/14859-israeli-made-spyware-used-to-monitor-journalists-and-activists-worldwide-2

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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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