Reaping nearly $100 million in sales over five years, the British government provided spyware, wiretaps and other telecom interception tools to 17 countries, many with a track record of targeting dissent and undemocratic behaviour.
WhatsApp has filed a complaint against NSO Group’s Pegasus software which was used in April and May 2019 to exploit a vulnerability in the communications company’s popular software to spy on dissidents, journalists, lawyers and more.
David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, submitted his recommendations in a report published to the UN Human Rights Council, which will open a three-week session next week.
Omar Abdulaziz, an online critic of the Saudi royals, files lawsuit against Israel's NSO claiming its sophisticated spyware targeted him and helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Internet watchdog Citizen Lab has so far counted some 175 targets of NSO – an Israeli surveillance company – spyware worldwide.
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