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Israeli spyware used to target journalists and activist phones, according to research

An Israeli woman is using her iPhone on August 28, 2016, in front of a building containing an Israeli NSO group in Herzliya near Tel Aviv.

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Israeli private spy software was used to hack dozens of smartphones owned by reporters, human rights activists, executives, murdered Saudi journalists and Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée. According to a thorough investigation According to The Washington Post and 16 other media outlets.

Military-grade spyware was reportedly licensed by the Israeli spyware company NSO Group. Research has shown that hacked phones are on the list of over 50,000 numbers based in countries known to monitor people.

The list of numbers was shared with the post office and other media organizations by the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Hidden Stories and the human rights group Amnesty International.

NSO Group Denied the findings of the report In some statements, the investigation claims to include an “unsubstantiated theory” based on “misleading interpretations of leaked data from accessible and obvious basic information.”

The NSO Group also said it would investigate all credible claims of misuse and take appropriate action.

According to the report, the NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware is licensed to governments around the world and can hack mobile phone data to activate the microphone. According to the NSO, spyware is only used to monitor terrorists and other criminals.

Read the full report here.

Israeli spyware used to target journalists and activist phones, according to research

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