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20 Jun 2017

Haaretz (Israel)

Israeli spyware firm embroiled in Mexico mobile hacking scandal

…An Israeli company's software has been used to infiltrate mobile devices held by human rights lawyers, journalists and activists fighting government corruption in Mexico, according to a report published in the New York Times on Monday. The highly-advanced software, known as Pegasus, is only sold to governments by the Israeli firm NSO Group on condition that the cyber technology be used in anti-terror or anti-criminal intelligence efforts…[T]he report noted that…NSO Group itself has little control over governments' use of the technology after a sale is complete….The NSO Group absolves itself from responsibility, saying it takes governments' human rights records into careful consideration before selling them the software. According to the report, after completing a sale, "the company's only recourse is to slowly cut off a government's access to the spy tools over the course of months, or even years, by ceasing to provide new software patches, features and updates. But in the case of Mexico, the NSO Group has not condemned or even acknowledged any abuse, despite repeated evidence that its spy tools have been deployed against ordinary citizens and their families."…