Israel has launched an investigation against the spyware manufacturer Pegasus

Israeli authorities have launched an investigation against the monitoring software manufacturer, the Israeli company NSO Group, for a report recently published by the British Guardian.

Representatives of several Israeli government agencies visited the offices of the NSO Group, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced, which did not reveal which agencies were in question. Israeli agents visited the NSO Group’s offices in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, The Record Media reported.

NSO Group works “in full transparency” with the authorities, the company told The Record.

“We are confident that this inspection will prove the facts that the company has made more against the false accusations made against us in the recent media attacks,” said the company.

However, security experts are not so sure about the company’s claims that it is innocent on that issue.

“The NSO insists that the report is incorrect, but also that it is okay to spy on people, and that terrorists will kill us all if they are not allowed to gain enormous wealth by helping the world’s most brutal dictators find out when to kidnap, imprison and kill.” wrote on Twitter journalist Kori Doktorov.

As reported by the Israeli daily Calcalist, the actions of the Israeli government are the beginning of efforts to investigate the allegations of the Pegasus Project, which investigated the data leak of the NSO Group.

The Guardian report is the result of an extensive investigation into the leak of more than 50,000 telephone numbers kept by the NSO Group. The investigation revealed a large misuse of the Pegasus spy software by the Israeli company NSO Group, which is being spied on by heads of state, activists, journalists and lawyers around the world, with the help of various unknown vulnerabilities of widely used software, including Apple’s iOS.

Pegasus can be used to remotely control the phone and monitor the activities of the device owner, including encrypted messages sent via the Signal and Telegram applications.

The report provoked violent reactions all over the world. The human rights organization Amnesty International called “a large number of violations committed by secret cyber surveillance” a “global human rights crisis.”

Security experts also got involved, and one of them, Paul Bischoff, from the company Comparitech, called the NSO an “arms dealer”.

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