Private Israeli malware ‘Pegasus’ used to spy on journalists, activists and politicians

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (France24) An Israeli firm accused of supplying spyware to governments has been linked to a list of tens of thousands of smartphone numbers, including those of activists, journalists, business executives and politicians around the world, according to reports.

      The NSO Group and its Pegasus malware – capable of switching on a phone’s camera or microphone, and harvesting its data – have been in the headlines since 2016, when researchers accused it of helping spy on a dissident in the United Arab Emirates.

      Sunday’s revelations – part of a collaborative investigation by The Washington Post, The Guardian, Le Monde and other media outlets – raise privacy concerns and reveal the far-reaching extent to which the private firm’s software could be misused.

      France said Monday it was outraged over allegations that Morocco’s intelligence services used Israeli malware to spy on dozens of French journalists, calling revelations in the media “extremely shocking”.

      Full story here

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    • #435798
      David the Gnome
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      The Mossad makes our CIA look like boy Scouts.  Of course they spy on everything and everyone they can.

      The U.S. Intel apparatus does the same, only not as well.

    • #435809
      salemcourt
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      US, UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, EU, and NATO jointly condemned malicious cyber activities by China!

      • #435810
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Tell you what, if the Chinese want to monitor my internet communications, that’s fine by me. What are they going to do with it? Blackmail me for a Tex-Mex recipe?

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    • #435816
      sadoldgirl
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      that China, Russia, Cuba, Iran and several other “undesirable”

      countries are out to destroy the US, because the M$M tell us

      so almost every day. Israel is somehow never mentioned because

      it is one of the most peaceful countries; just like the US.:),:)

    • #435820
      mrdmk
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      A number of international papers report today on the Israeli hacking company NSO which sells snooping software to various regimes. The software is then used to hijack the phones of regime enemies, political competition or obnoxious journalists. All of that was already well known but the story has new legs as several hundreds of people who were spied on can now be named.

      (snip)

      The competition I’d say. And the only real one in that field is the National Security Agency of the United States.

      The U.S. often uses ‘intelligence’ as a kind of diplomatic currency that keeps other countries dependent on it. If the Saudis have to ask the U.S. for snooping on someone it is much easier to have influence over them. NSO is disturbing that business. There is also the problem that the first class spying software NSO is selling to somewhat shady customers might well fall into the hands of some big U.S. adversary.

      The ‘leak’ to Amnesty and Forbidden Stories is thus an instrument to keep some monopolistic control over client regimes and over spying technology. (The Panama Papers were a similar kind of U.S. sponsored ‘leak’, only in the financial field.)

      LINK–MoA, U.S. Takes Down Israeli Spy Software Company

       

      Well, somebody stuck their finger up somebodies nose, to which TPTB gave permission to the national press to report the matter.

      The NSO Group Pegasus software has been known about since 2015. Pegasus software made the headlines in 2018 with Jamal Khashoggi murder.

      As for the Snowden comments, I would rather hear it directly from him, and not some bumper sticker size Tweet.

       

      The group of reporters who released the Panama Papers started a project called Forbidden Stories. They claim to be the originator of the current Pegasus software story.

      LINK–ForbiddenStories, The Rise and Fall of NSO Group

       

      https://forbiddenstories.org/

       

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    • #435836
      sadoldgirl
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      Generally MoA has good analysis, but in this case – I

      believe – it is wrong. McGovern stated more than once

      that Mossad had infiltrated all of our institutions and that

      would include the NSA. I don’t know the purposes of this

      open leak, but don’t doubt that diversion is one of them.

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