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India’s Supreme Court to Investigate Allegations of Pegasus Spyware Abuse

India’s Supreme Court to Investigate Allegations of Pegasus Spyware Abuse

The Pegasus Project, first published in July by a global media consortium that included The Washington Post, revealed that hundreds of numbers from India appeared on the global list of more than 50,000 phone numbers, which included some associated with heads of state. Phone numbers belonging to journalists, activists and political figures in India were found...

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Israeli Spyware Used to Surveil Activists World Wide

Israeli Spyware Used to Surveil Activists World Wide

Military-grade spyware leased by the Israeli firm NSO Group to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and the two women closest to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and 16...

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NSO Group Points Finger at State Clients in WhatsApp Spying Case 

NSO Group Points Finger at State Clients in WhatsApp Spying Case 

NSO Group – whose technology is reported to have been used against dozens of targets including Pakistani intelligence officials, Indian journalists and exiled Rwandan political activists – also claimed in legal documents that the lawsuit brought against the company by WhatsApp threatened to infringe on its clients’ “national security and foreign policy concerns”. Source: NSO...

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Biden Briefer Defended Israeli Spyware Firm Implicated in Abuses

Biden Briefer Defended Israeli Spyware Firm Implicated in Abuses

After last night’s Democratic presidential debate, Anita Dunn, senior adviser to the Biden campaign, spun reporters on the Vice President’s performance. Last years, Dunn, who served as communications director in Barack Obama’s White House, did similar duty for NSO, the spyware firm founded by former Israeli intelligence officers. NSO created the infamous Pegasus intrusion tool,...

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Can a Cold War Treaty Curb the Spyware Industry?

Can a Cold War Treaty Curb the Spyware Industry?

From Yossi Melman at Haaretz.com The change tightens oversight of “intrusion software” designed to break into smartphones and decipher encryption on digital devices. Companies specializing in forensic cybertechnology will be affected most. That’s the field dealing with the development of software that helps law enforcement agencies collect evidence and reconstruct cellphone data in criminal investigations....