ISRAEL’S NSA THAT PRODUCED PEGASUS BLACKLISTED BY THE USA

NSA, the Israeli maker of the infamous Pegasus software has been put on the list of ‘restricted companies’ by the authorities in the United States, reflecting the ongoing scandal surrounding the spyware that has made governments and civil society intervene. “These tools have also enabled foreign governments to conduct transnational repression, which is the practice of authoritarian governments targeting dissidents, journalists and activists outside of their sovereign borders to silence dissent,” stated the US Commerce Department in a statement that was released. “Today’s action is a part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to put human rights at the center of US foreign policy, including by working to stem the proliferation of digital tools used for repression,” the statement added. 

 

The NSA has said it will talk to reverse the decision as it has repeatedly claimed the company protects the national interests of democratic countries to fight against terrorism. “We will advocate for this decision to be reversed,” said a spokesperson from the company. 

 

Earlier this year, a group of Journalists along with the French non-profit media Forbidden stories put out shocking stories that Pegasus was used to spy on influential persons and government data in several countries. Persons who were victims of the hunt included politicians, ministers, journalists, writers, activists and other public figures. 

The software was found to have inflicted smartphones and laptops including those manufactured by Apple which are assumed to be highly secure. These were turned into pocket spyware that allowed all the data of the individual to be collected even if the device was switched off. 

 

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