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Israel’s global cybercrime racket

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Earlier this month an Israeli court ruled that notorious cyberwarfare spyware firm NSO Group would retain its export licence.

The ruling came despite the fact that lawyers for Amnesty International presented what the human rights group described as “mountains of evidence” concerning NSO’s crimes.

NSO is responsible for Pegasus, a sophisticated (and expensive) cyberweapon which they run on behalf of some of the world’s worst human rights abusers – including Saudi Arabia.

Pegasus invades targeted individuals’ phones, scooping up masses of private data, including emails, texts, photos, files and passwords, and essentially anything you can think of which lives on a modern smartphone.

The cyberweapon is capable of turning on the microphones and cameras of smartphones remotely, essentially turning them into spying devices working against their owners.

According to experts, Pegasus has been used to target journalists, human rights defenders, politicians and dissidents living under oppressive regimes the world over.

Even Jamal Khashoggi – the exiled Saudi columnist brutally slain and dismembered by agents of Mohammed Bin Salman in 2018 – was indirectly targeted by NSO on behalf of the murderous Saudi regime.


© Middle East Monitor

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