Hot news coming in which I guess will definitely leave you creeped out as it surely did leave me a bit crept out. Like to be honest, technology has benefited us a lot in this generation but has also done a lot of damage to us and sometimes I feel the damage they have done to us or are capable of doing is much much greater than the benefits. Like for instance, take today’s topic which is about a Private Israeli spy software that was used to hack dozens of smartphones that belonged to reporters, human rights activists, business executives, and the fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a sweeping investigation by the Washington Post and 16 other news organizations. Now just imagine yourself in either of those above-listed people’s places wouldn’t you feel creeped out and the most astonishing thing is that you don’t even know that this kind of software is in your phone and a third party has access to all your private data and pictures and everything.
This military-grade spyware which had hacked so many people’s phones were reportedly licensed by the Israeli spyware firm known as the NSO Group. The investigation discovered that the hacked phones were on a list of more than 50,000 numbers based in countries known to surveil people. The list of numbers was shared with the Post and other media organizations by Paris-based journalism nonprofit Hidden Stories and human rights group Amnesty International sp that the ones with this spyware can wither dump their device otherwise can go to a nearby electronic store and get rid of this spyware because if not it can cause a lot of damage.
But it may come as a surprise to many of you that the NSO Group denied the findings of the report in several statements, arguing that investigation includes “uncorroborated theories” based on “misleading interpretation of leaked data from accessible and overt basic information.” NSO Group also said it would continue to investigate all credible claims of misuse and take appropriate action and take a look into the issue in the most in-depth manner. NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware is licensed to governments around the world and this spyware is so advanced that once you have placed this spyware and hacked a person’s mobile phone’s data you can also activate the microphone. Pegasus Project partner, Amnesty International’s secretary-general Agnès Callamard, described the Pegasus spyware as “a weapon of choice for repressive governments seeking to silence journalists, attack activists, and crush dissent, placing countless lives in peril”.“These revelations blow apart any claims by NSO that such attacks are rare and down to rogue use of their technology. While the company claims its spyware is only used for legitimate criminal and terror investigations, it’s clear its technology facilitates systemic abuse. They paint a picture of legitimacy while profiting from widespread human rights violations,” she added. Callamard also called for “an immediate moratorium on the export, sale, transfer, and use of surveillance technology” until sufficient regulations are set in place. So in short the NSO said the spyware is only used to surveil terrorists and other criminals but not on common civilians so it even came as a surprise to them that how did so many civilians phone’s get hacked by their spyware. Now it is only a mystery of how this spyware reached more than 50,000 commoners hacking into their personal information, which can only be solved by the company itself.