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18 Mar 2022

The New Arab

Morrocan authorities deny allegations of using NSO spyware on Western Sahara activists

"Morocco demands Amnesty to provide evidence of Pegasus spyware claims" 18 March 2022

Morocco on Friday demanded Amnesty International provide evidence of its report that Rabat used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to monitor activists, including a human rights campaigner from disputed Western Sahara.

Pegasus, developed by the Israeli NSO group, can hack into mobile phones without a user knowing, enabling clients to read every message, track a user's location and tap into the phone's camera and microphone...

The Moroccan authorities have consistently denied using the spyware, and dismissed a report by rights group Amnesty as "arbitrary accusations", the government's Interministerial Department for Human Rights said Friday...

Morocco has said it "never acquired computer software to infiltrate communication devices"...