Extensive campaign involving the Pegasus spyware in El Salvador targeted at least 35 journalists and political activists from June 2020 to November 2021, with most of the country's major media outlets affected.
The fallout from the Pegasus spyware incident has prompted the Biden administration to issue a warning to the general public about commercial surveillance tools, offering advice for self-protection to journalists and dissidents.
The narrative around NSO Group's Pegasus spyware thus far has been one of authoritarian governments using it to suppress internal criticism. The story may be shifting to one of international espionage with US State Department iPhones hacked by it.
NSO group is now facing a lawsuit from Apple after leaks revealed that the Pegasus spyware was exploiting a zero-day, zero-click vulnerability in Apple devices.
Amidst a recent storm of controversy in which leaks have revealed that repressive governments and even criminal groups have wound up with access to its Pegasus spyware, NSO Group now finds itself unwelcome in the US.
After recent news stories revealed that current versions of iOS can be compromised with a zero-click exploit used by the controversial Pegasus spyware, Apple has issued a security update that it promises closes the hole for all users.
An investigative report conducted by two of Germany's biggest newspapers and two of its public radio broadcasting stations has found that the country's government secretly purchased the controversial Pegasus spyware in late 2020.
The Pegasus spyware sold by NSO Group, supposed to only be available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies for legitimate and legal uses, appears to be widely available to repressive governments with little oversight.