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Spyware sold to authoritarian regimes used to target activists, politicians and journalists

Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak.

一项针对大规模数据泄露事件的调查显示,世界各地的人权活动人士、记者和律师已成为威权政府使用以色列监控公司NSO Group出售的黑客软件的目标。

The investigation by the Guardian and 16 other media organisations suggests widespread and continuing abuse of NSO’s hacking spyware, Pegasus, which the company insists is only intended for use against criminals and terrorists.


Pegasus is a malware that infects iPhones and Android devices to enable operators of the tool to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones.


The leak contains a list of more than 50,000 phone numbers that, it is believed, have been identified as those of people of interest by clients of NSO since 2016.


Read more at The Guardian

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