19 Jul 2021

Pegasus spyware scandal: human rights activists and journalists allegedly targeted

At least 100 people, including journalists and human rights activists, have allegedly been targeted using surveillance malware that hacks directly into their phones.

A document leaked to a number of media outlets has led to claims the Pegasus software, made by the Israeli company NSO, was sold to authoritarian regimes who have used it to crack down on opponents.

The firm has insisted the number alleged in the reports is actually much lower.

They say the software is only used against criminals and terrorists, by governments with good human rights records.