The Israeli Ministry of Defence has announced the opening of an investigation into the Pegasus software of the NSO Group. The tool was allegedly used to spy on politicians, journalists and human rights activists.

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Will we soon know more about the spying carried out using Pegasus software from the Israeli company NSO Group? According to the country’s Ministry of Defense, which issued a statement on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, government officials have broken into the firm’s offices to investigate allegations against its spyware. The software was allegedly used to target thousands of phone numbers belonging to heads of state, members of parliament, journalists and activists.

Interviewed by the MIT Technology ReviewGroup, NSO Group CEO Shalev Hulio confirmed the search. “It’s true,” he said. I think it is very good that they are checking, because we know the truth and we know that the list never existed and is not related to NSO.” The company continues to deny its involvement in this case and specifies that each sale of software is approved by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the same one that is conducting the investigation. Five contracts have been broken recently for abuse.

The Pegasus case stemmed from an investigation by 17 media companies and Amnesty International. The software can be installed remotely, without access to the terminal and without even requiring the target to take any action, by exploiting security flaws in the operating systems. The mobile phones of Emmanuel Macron and 15 members of the government, as well as MPs and journalists, were reportedly targeted by the Pegasus software on behalf of Morocco.

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