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Spyware Firm’s Claims That It Can’t Target Americans Don’t Add Up

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The Israeli software surveillance giant NSO Group has long claimed that its spyware can’t be used to go after U.S. targets, but a new report published this week is casting doubt on whether Americans are protected from the firm’s intrusive surveillance technology.

According to the investigation, which a consortium of news organizations and security researchers published Sunday, NSO Group’s technology has been used against dozens of phones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, businesspeople, and private citizens around the globe to track their cameras, microphones, locations, call logs, and contacts.

But while the Israeli surveillance firm claims that its technology doesn’t work against phones in the U.S, several numbers that appear in a list at the center of the investigation belong to Americans working abroad, which could suggest foul play, advocates warn.

Among several high-profile individuals named are the Biden administration’s special envoy to Iran, Robert Malley, and United Nations diplomats, according to the investigation.

David Kaye, the former United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, says the report raises serious questions about the entire ecosystem of private sector entities peddling intrusive surveillance software to governments and clients........

© The Daily Beast

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