It's a doozy of a digital spying case. Security researchers have found evidence of attempted or successful installations of Pegasus, software made by Israel-based cybersecurity company NSO Group, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople. The targets appear to have been targets of secret surveillance by software that's intended to help governments pursue criminals and terrorists.
Pegasus has been a politically explosive issue that's put Israel under pressure from activists and from governments worried about misuse of the software. France and the United States have raised concerns, and NSO has suspended some countries' Pegasus privileges.
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It hasn't helped Apple's reputation as a trustworthy technology supplier, either. On Monday, though, Apple fixed a security hole that Pegasus exploited for installation on iPhones, The New York Times reported and Apple confirmed. Malware often uses collections of such vulnerabilities to gain a foothold on a device and then expand privileges to become more powerful. NSO Group's software also runs on Android phones.
The phones were on an activist organization's list of more than 50,000 phone numbers for politicians, judges, lawyers, teachers and others. Also on that list are 10 prime ministers, three presidents and a king, according to an international investigation released in mid-July by The Washington Post and other media outlets, though there's no proof that being on the list means an attack...
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