SIX PALESTINIAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS SPIED BY ISRAEL’S PEGASUS

In a new development regarding the Israeli Spyware Pegasus, the NSO group has been reported to have spied on six Palestinian human rights activists. The revelation has been the first known instance of Palestinian activists being targeted by the spyware designed by Israel’s NSO. Pegasus is currently caught in a whirlwind of controversies with several countries issuing investigations against the software that has snooped into phones and other devices of ministers, activists, public figures and even journalists. The recent update was disclosed by Frontline Defenders, a non-profit organization. 

Three of the activists hacked, working for civil society groups. Among them is Ubai Aboudi (37), who is an economist and US citizen who runs the Bisan Center for Research and Development in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. The organization was named under the terror list by Israel recently. He said he lost the sense of safety, saying that his family is deeply affected by the breach of privacy. Ghassan Halaika of the Al-Haq Rights group and lawyer Salah Hammouri are the other two activists who have been hacked through the NSO software.  “We call on the United Nations to launch an investigation to disclose the party that stood behind using this program on the phones of human rights activists, a move that put their lives at risk,” stated a legal researcher at AL Haq to Reuters.

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