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Khashoggi friend files lawsuit in Israel against NSO Group for allegedly providing software to Saudi Govt. to spy on their conversations

Author: Shannon Van Sant, NPR (USA), Published on: 21 December 2018

"Khashoggi Friend Accuses Cyber Security Firm Of Helping Saudis Spy On Their Messages", 3 Dec 2018

A Saudi dissident based in Montreal, Canada, filed a lawsuit this week against the NSO Group, an Israeli cyber security firm. The suit alleges the Saudi government used software from the company to spy on conversations with the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Omar Adbulaziz filed the case in Tel Aviv...[H]e had exchanged hundreds of text messages with Khashoggi through encrypted messaging apps, before being informed that their communication had been intercepted.

"Jamal was killed two months later. For sure the conversations between us played a major role in what happened to Jamal," Abdulaziz said...

Researcher Bill Marczak, from the Toronto-based Citizen Lab which investigates digital espionage, told NPR he found evidence of spyware activity in Montreal that he believed was linked to the NSO Group and Saudi Arabia last summer.

NSO Group issued a statement saying the lawsuit is "completely unfounded" and that it "shows no evidence that the company's technology was used."...

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