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.
A FOIA request filed by the New York Times has led to the release of documents that show officials making a push to use Pegasus spyware in criminal investigations from late 2020 into mid-2021.
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.
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.
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.
For nonprofits, it’s important to be aware and be protected from cybersecurity risks. While the core monetary focus of any nonprofit is always to helping those in need, some expense must be made on protecting nonprofits from hacking and cybercrime.
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 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.
Pegasus spyware was used to track journalists, lawyers and activists in Jordan from 2019 to late 2021. Some specific incidents occurred on iPhones after Apple had sued NSO Group and removed exploits.
Numerous democracy activists opposed to the Thailand monarchy were targeted during a period of heavy protesting in 2020 and 2021, and had their phones infected with Pegasus spyware.