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5 Aug 2021

Andrew Selsky, ABC News

US: Oregon pension fund examines spyware investment amid Pegasus controversy

"Oregon examines spyware investment amid controversy", 5 August 2021.

The future ownership of an Israeli spyware company whose product has been used to hack into the cellphones of journalists, human rights workers and possibly even heads of state is up in the air.

Major investors in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group... are in discussions about what action to take. The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, having sunk $233 million into Novalpina Capital, the private equity firm...

Novalpina Capital has been saddled with both an internal dispute among its founding partners and an explosive report showing NSO Group's spyware has been widely misused...

Oregon State Treasury spokeswoman Rachel Wray told The Associated Press... the department is getting involved...

Novalpina’s largest investors are now considering picking Berkeley Research Group to replace Novalpina, the Financial Times reported. If appointed, the California-based global consulting firm would be given a mandate to return investors’ money by selling the three companies Novalpina owns, including NSO, for the highest possible price... Berkeley Research Group did not respond to a request for comment...