Military-grade spyware leased to governments by Israeli firm NSO Group to track terrorists and criminals was used by journalists, human rights activists, business executives and 37 smart phones of the two women of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and attempted The successful hack was carried out, according to an investigation by 16 media partners led by The Washington Post and Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories.
Here are the key findings from the investigation:
Phones Identified from a Huge List: Thirty-seven targeted smartphones appeared on the list of more than 50,000 numbers centered in countries known to engage in surveillance of their citizens and also known to be customers of the NSO Group. which is the leading worldwide. The growing and largely unregulated private spyware industry, the investigation found. The list does not identify who put the numbers on it or why, and it is unknown how many phones were targeted or surveyed.
Politicians, journalists, activists found on the list: No credit is given for the numbers on the list, but reporters were able to identify over 1,000 people spread over 50 countries through research and interviews on four continents: many Arab royals Family members, at least 65 business executives, 85 human rights activists, 189 journalists, and more than 600 politicians and government officials – including cabinet ministers, diplomats and military and security officials, as well as several heads of state and prime ministers.
The company says it controls its customers for abuse: 37 of the smartphones appear to conflict with NSO’s alleged purpose of licensing the Pegasus spyware, which the company says only monitors terrorists and prime criminals. is for use in. Evidence extracted from these smartphones, which has surfaced here for the first time, calls into question the Israeli company’s commitment to the police for human rights abuses to its customers. NSO chief executive Shalev Hulio said on Sunday that he was “very concerned” by The Post’s reports. “We are investigating every allegation, and if some of the allegations are true, we will take strong action, and we will terminate contracts like we did before.” “If anyone is monitoring journalists in any way, even if it is not by Pegasus, it is disturbing,” he said.