Military-grade Israeli spyware was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and the fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a global investigation finds. washingtonpost.com/investiga…

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The phones appeared on a list of more than 50,000 numbers that are concentrated in countries known to engage in surveillance of their citizens and also known as clients of the Israeli firm, NSO Group, according to the investigation by The Post and 16 media partners.
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NSO’s Pegasus spyware has been used to target 189 journalists, #PegasusProject also found. They include reporters working overseas for several leading U.S.-based news organizations, including a small number from CNN, the Associated Press, the New York Times and more.
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NSO’s Pegasus spyware was used to secretly target the smartphones of the two women closest to murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to digital forensic analysis. wapo.st/3igf5vm
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The widespread use of spyware has emerged as a leading threat to democracies worldwide, critics say. “This is nasty software — like eloquently nasty,” said Timothy Summers, a former cybersecurity engineer at a U.S. intelligence agency. wapo.st/2Ti43gL
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From @SallyBuzbee, executive editor of The Post: “Digital surveillance pervades our society, and new technologies offer more power than ever to track every aspect of our daily lives. The danger of abuse has never been greater.” wapo.st/2Tk5TOl
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Pegasus was engineered a decade ago by Israeli ex-cyberspies with government-honed skills. The Israeli Defense Ministry must approve any license to a government that wants to buy it, according to previous NSO statements. wapo.st/2UZn9Ji
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Researchers have documented iPhone infections with Pegasus dozens of times in recent years, challenging Apple’s reputation for superior security when compared with its leading rivals, which run Android operating systems by Google. washingtonpost.com/technolog…
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NSO Group has said repeatedly that its surveillance tools do not work against smartphones based in the United States, but Americans traveling overseas and using foreign cellphones may not enjoy that protection. washingtonpost.com/national-…
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Pegasus was used to infiltrate mobile phones belonging to at least seven people in India and was active on some of their devices as recently as this month. The hacks represent a tiny fraction of what may be a vast surveillance net. washingtonpost.com/world/202…
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A list of more than 50,000 phone numbers that included 37 smartphones, which forensic examination showed had been targeted for surveillance using Pegasus spyware, included contacts for many prominent people such as French President Emmanuel Macron. washingtonpost.com/world/202…
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