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10 Oct 2019

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Vice (Canada/ USA)

Human Rights Activist Allegedly Targeted With NSO Malware Says His Life Is ‘Hellish’

Hackers likely working for a government targeted two Moroccan human rights activists [Maati Monjib, historian and journalist, and Abdessadak El Bouchattaoui, a lawyer who represented a group of protesters in Morocco] with ['Pegasus'] malware made by the controversial Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group...

Security researchers have found evidence that countries such as MexicoSaudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have used Pegasus to spy on journalists, human rights activists, and dissidents...

“Subjecting peaceful critics and activists... to harassment or intimidation through invasive digital surveillance is an appalling violation of their rights to privacy and freedom of expression,” Danna Ingleton, Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech, said...

The company says it only sells to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.