In October 2019, the encrypted messaging app WhatsApp filed a lawsuit in opposition to a little bit identified Israeli know-how firm known as NSO Group. It accused the group of being answerable for a sequence of extremely subtle cyber-attacks on 1,400 of its customers, lots of them human rights activists, journalists and diplomatic officers. It was the newest twist in a saga that the Guardian’s Stephanie Kirchgaessner had been investigating for months.
She tells Anushka Asthana that after working with researchers on the Canadian agency Citizen Lab, which tracks using spy ware, she believes present and former shoppers of NSO Group embrace Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.
NSO Group nonetheless, argues that WhatsApp has “conflated” the group’s actions with the actions of its “sovereign clients”. NSO Group says it licenses its signature spying know-how, Pegasus, to authorities legislation enforcement and intelligence companies and assists with “coaching, setup, and set up”, nevertheless it doesn’t function the know-how.
As new allegations emerge about the best way nations are utilizing this know-how, will additional challenges be purchased to the courts?
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