Leak Exposes Global Abuse Of Cyber-Spying Weapon To Target Politicians, Activists, & Journalists

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by Zero Hedge

AsEd Snowden warned in a tweetwhen the story broke this weekend,”this leak is going to be the story of the year.”

Southfront reportsthatan Israeli company’s spyware was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials and human rights activists around the world, according to an investigation by 17 media organizations, published on July 18th.

One of the organizations, The Washington Post, said the Pegasus spyware licensed by Israel-based NSO Group also was used to target phones belonging to two women close to Jamal Khashoggi, a Post columnist murdered at a Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018.

One of them was his fiancee, and she and the other woman were targeted both before and after his death.

The Guardian, another of the media outlets, saidthe investigation suggested “widespread and continuing abuse” of NSO’s hacking software

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