Spyware Israeli firm found on journalists’ phones | Inland

Among the findings is that the spyware was used to target the smartphones of both the wife and fiancée of murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Their phone numbers appeared on a list of more than 50,000 numbers that the researchers said were possible targets for surveillance by governments using Pegasus.

The list also includes phone numbers for journalists from news organizations such as CNN, AP, Voice of America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Le Monde, The Financial Times and Al Jazeera. The media consortium that conducted the investigation, led by the Paris-based nonprofit Forbidden Stories, said the evidence comes from the phones through digital forensic analysis by Amnesty International’s security lab.

Pegasus, which has been sold to select governments and law enforcement agencies, can hack into cell phones via a link and secretly record emails, calls and text messages. In some cases, it can activate itself without the victim clicking the link, according to The Post. It is not known how many phones on the list were targeted or spied on, the American newspaper said.

In response to the consortium’s findings, NSO denied that its technology was being used against Khashoggi, saying the investigation contained flawed assumptions and factual errors.

Last month, NSO Group published its first annual Transparency and Responsibility Report, stating that its products have been used by states to thwart major terrorist attacks and dismantle drug trafficking circles.

More findings of the investigation will be released in the next three days, according to The Post.

Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.

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