NSO Pegasus System- Israel signed off on sale of phone spying tool to Saudi Arabia

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Source: Times of Israel

Israel approved the sale of cyber-espionage technology from Herzliya-based NSO Group to Saudi Arabia in order to hack dissidents and enemies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to a report Friday citing former US officials.

The report in the Washington Post about the sale of the Pegasus system to Riyadh comes days after Omar Abdulaziz, a sharp online critic of the Saudi royals who lives in exile in Canada, filed suit in Tel Aviv against NSO, claiming that communications between him and murdered writer Jamal Khashoggi were monitored by the Saudis using NSO software.

According to the Post’s David Ignatius, Saudi official Saud al-Qahtani sought Pegasus as part of a surveillance network designed to help the crown prince combat internal enemies as part of his drive for power.


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