Many diplomatic telephone were american hacked by someone who has used spyware in the past few months Pegasus, of the Israeli company Grupo NSO, reported the newspaper Washington Post.
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The attacks in recent months affected at least eleven US officials established in Uganda or concerned with cases in that East African country, according to sources cited by the capital newspaper.
The announcement of these attacks, which were unearthed by Apple, comes a month after the US Commerce Department added NSO Group to its “blacklist” for activities related to cyber espionage and contrary to “national security interests”. America,
Cyber espionage for foreign governments
The US government then outlined that the Israeli company “developed and supplied cyber espionage programs to foreign governments” that “used these tools to attack officials, journalists, businessmen, activists, academics and journalists.”
NSO is responsible for the development of Pegasus electronic espionage software, which an international journalistic investigation in July revealed was intended to spy on hundreds of journalists and political leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron.
Selling spyware to democratic deficit countries
In fact, the company had already been kicked out for selling spyware to countries with already democratic deficits and some Israeli lawmakers tried to legally ban export permits for NSO Group in 2016.
This Friday, the US National Security Council expressed its concern in a statement, in which it said NSO Group’s software “represents a serious countermeasures and security risk to US personnel.”
After the United States was added to the “Black List”, NSO management was “disappointed” by Washington’s decision and assured that its technologies “support the national security interests” of the North American country.
In addition, the company noted that they would submit information about their compliance and human rights programs, which it described as “the most stringent in the world” and that “are based on American values” and “already established contacts”. There have been several terminations with government agencies that they “misused their products.”
With information from EFE
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