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NSO Group will no longer talk to media about the ‘abuse’ of Pegasus spyware

NEW DELHI: Cornered by questions from media organizations around the abuse of Pegasus spyware based in Israel ONS Group had created to help governments track down terrorists, sex networks and drug trafficking, ONS Group announced that it would “no longer respond to media inquiries” about how journalists, activists and political opponents have been spied on by its spy technologies.
A series of explosive news articles revealed how NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used by government agencies in India to spy on activists, journalists and those who criticize the government. Not just in India, even the French president’s smartphone Emmanuel Macron would have been the target of surveillance using Pegasus by the Moroccan intelligence services.
NSO Group called the entire revelation Forbidden stories as a “planned and well-orchestrated media campaign”. The company in its defense said, “The list is not a list of targets or potential targets for Pegasus. The numbers in the list are not related to the NSO group. Any claim that any name in the list is necessarily related to a Pegasus target or a potential Pegasus target is wrong and false.
NSO Group claims to work only with authorized government. It has 60 clients in 40 countries. The company said that 51% of its users are from Intelligence agencies, 38% of the police and 11% of the military.
In its latest transparency report, NSO Group said it does not operate Pegasus, has no visibility into its use, and does not collect customer information.
“NSO is a technology company. We do not operate the system and do not have access to our customers’ data, yet they are obligated to provide us with this information as part of investigations, ”he said in an article on his website.
That said, NSO Group said it would “thoroughly investigate any credible evidence of misuse of its technologies” by its customers.
According to the company’s transparency report, Pegasus is not mass surveillance technology. “It only collects data from the mobile devices of specific individuals suspected of being involved in serious crimes and terrorism,” the company said in its Transparency and Accountability report. However, note that NSO Group has “no visibility into its use” because “it does not operate Pegasus”.
In other words, the company is contradicting itself because it has little to no control over how governments use Pegasus once it’s purchased. And the latest reports reveal that none of Pegasus’ potential targets in India or around the world had anything to do with terrorism, pedophilia, sex, and drug trafficking rings.

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