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Joe Tidy / BBC:
NSO Group says “all the finger-pointing should be at the customer” not the company as it compares itself to a car manufacturer and its clients to drunk drivers   —  The maker of powerful spy software allegedly used to hack the phones of innocent people says blaming the company is like …
Jul 22, 2021, 11:00 AMIn context
Washington Post:
Profile of the NSO Group, which has been hailed as an Israeli version of a Silicon Valley success story, as its founders defend their spyware operations   —  HERZLIYA, Israel — It was a proposition that would change everything.  —  Two 20-something Israeli entrepreneurs who had been running …
Jul 22, 2021, 7:20 AMIn context
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
Sources: NSO's Pegasus software, which requires an export license because it is considered a weapon, has become a crucial part of Israel's diplomatic outreach   —  Tech unicorn plays crucial part in state's outreach as it woos countries such as the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia
Jul 21, 2021, 2:30 AMIn context
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:
Apple and Google can do more to screw up the economics of NSO-style mass exploitation, and should be pressured to do so   —  This week a group of global newspapers is running a series of articles detailing abuses of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.  If you haven't seen any of these articles …
Jul 21, 2021, 1:00 AMIn context
CTech:
NSO CEO claims leaked list of 50K+ phone numbers potentially targeted with NSO spyware has “nothing to do with us” and had first heard about the list last month   —  “I'll give you a simple statement: Journalists, human rights activists, and civil organizations are all off-limits,” said Shalev Hulio
Jul 20, 2021, 10:40 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Phone numbers belonging to ten prime ministers, three presidents, and a king were among the list of 50K potential NSO targets, leaked to Amnesty International   —  Spies for centuries have trained their sights on those who shape destinies of nations: presidents, prime ministers, kings.
Jul 20, 2021, 1:38 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Amnesty International researchers published a toolkit to help anyone scan their iPhone and Android devices for evidence of compromise by NSO's Pegasus spyware   —  Over the weekend, an international consortium of news outlets reported that several authoritarian governments — including Mexico …
Jul 19, 2021, 5:30 PMIn context
The Guardian:
Snowden calls for spyware trade ban amid NSO news, saying the industry should not exist and “they don't make vaccines—the only thing they sell is the virus”   —  NSA whistleblower warns of world in which no phone is safe from state-sponsored hackers if no action taken
Jul 19, 2021, 5:15 PMIn context
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
About 15,000 Mexicans, including politicians, reporters, and activists, as well as 50 people close to Mexico's president appear in leak as potential NSO targets   —  Numbers of 15,000 Mexicans including politicians, journalists, judges, activists and teachers appear in leak
Jul 19, 2021, 5:10 PMIn context
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
NSO Group spent millions on lobbyists and consultants in the US but seems to have been rebuffed by US law enforcement agencies, which balked at its tools' cost   —  The Israeli surveillance giant NSO Group and companies linked to it or its founders have spent millions of dollars in hopes …
Jul 19, 2021, 2:55 PMIn context

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