BREAKING: massive, global leak of the targets of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware. *huge deal.*— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) July 18, 2021
Forensic investigation by @AmnestyTech
in collaboration with @FbdnStories reporters.
We @citizenlab conducted peer review.
Here's an explainer THREAD.https://t.co/TasFCy5EGW pic.twitter.com/rGGKAkfSry
The charming folks at Israel's NSO Group were asked by a number of mostly authoritarian governments, among them Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to spy on the phones of more than 180 journalists around the world (myself included). https://t.co/7mKc9RQF3G— Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) July 18, 2021
There’s absolutely no way that NSO could have put its tech at the disposal of at least 12 foreign governments to track 180 journalists without getting the go-ahead from the highest levels of the Netanyahu government. That’s the real scandal here. https://t.co/YX3T85SJkR— Anshel Pfeffer אנשיל פפר (@AnshelPfeffer) July 18, 2021
New: Our giant global investigation into the private Israeli spyware used to hack the phones of journalists and activists around the world. Reported with #PegasusProject across 10 countries. And there are so many stories to tell: https://t.co/f74PwRk008— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) July 18, 2021
The phones appeared on a list of more than 50,000 numbers that are concentrated in countries known to engage in surveillance of their citizens and also known as clients of the Israeli firm, NSO Group, according to the investigation by The Post and 16 media partners. pic.twitter.com/pZPPvoDd24— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 18, 2021
NSO’s Pegasus spyware has been used to target 189 journalists, #PegasusProject also found.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 18, 2021
They include reporters working overseas for several leading U.S.-based news organizations, including a small number from CNN, the Associated Press, the New York Times and more. pic.twitter.com/BKY5yJjMom
NSO’s Pegasus spyware was used to secretly target the smartphones of the two women closest to murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to digital forensic analysis. https://t.co/cPpq7SLLQb pic.twitter.com/O55qRNaaSh— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 18, 2021
7. #SaudiArabia 🇸🇦 murdered & dismembered Jamal Khashoggi.— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) July 18, 2021
Jamal's wife was targeted with Pegasus spyware before the killing...
Then his fiancee was hacked multiple times just days after.@citizenlab independently confirmed findings.#PegasusProjecthttps://t.co/FYcDwr7rAn pic.twitter.com/MfSDEc3Nj2
The Israeli company behind this -- the NSO group -- should bear direct, criminal liability for the deaths and detentions of those targeted by the digital infection vectors it sells, which have no legitimate use. https://t.co/KtpyiyBzUf— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 18, 2021