In recent days, Israeli media has reported that controversial hacking tool made by Israel's NSO Group was used against a key witness in Netanyahu's corruption trial.
Federal Bureau of Investigation says that it got a "limited licence" from NSO's hacking tool for "testing and evaluation" and it was not used to snoop on people.
Israel's police, accused by rights groups of using notorious Pegasus hacking spyware, find evidence pointing to improper use of sophisticated spyware by its force to snoop on citizens' phones.
At the time of the hacks, Lama Fakih said her work included covering the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and an investigation into the devastating 2020 Beirut port explosion.
Asher Levy, chairman of NSO Group quits the firm amid mounting scrutiny over its Pegasus spyware that has been used to target journalists, rights activists, and diplomats across the globe.
Police officials say the force acquired third-party cyber technology without confirming or denying usage of notorious NSO spyware to target Israeli citizens.
Letter sent to Treasury Department and State Department also demands sanctioning UAE's DarkMatter, and European companies Nexa Technologies and Trovicor.
Israeli technology firm NSO Group's spyware has been engulfed in scandal since reports that Pegasus was used by foreign government clients to target the phones of human rights activists, embassy employees and others.
For Israel, the basic human rights of colonised Palestinians, such as the right to privacy, are irrelevant.
The Israeli firm is behind the Pegasus phone hacking spyware that has reportedly been used around the world to break into the phones of human rights activists, journalists and politicians.
Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi is among dozens of Indian people identified by a leaked list as a potential target of Pegasus spyware, made by an Israeli company, media reports said.
Microsoft, Alphabet-owned Google, Cisco, Dell Technologies-owned VMWare, and Washington-based Internet Association join forces with Facebook telling a US court that the firm's tools were "dangerous" and could be "used nefariously."
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