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Major human rights group among Pegasus spyware targets

Added 01-26-22 06:37:01am EST - “Human Rights Watch has said that one of its senior staff members was targeted by the Israeli spyware, which hacks into people's smartphones” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Major human rights group among Pegasus spyware targets”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On Wednesday, the New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that spyware developed by the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group had been used against its staff. 

The human rights group said the notorious hacking software was used to target Lama Fakih, the director of its Beirut office, who also oversees its crisis response in several countries. Fakih’s remit extends to operations in Syria, Myanmar, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and the United States.

“This includes documenting and exposing human rights abuses and serious international crimes during armed conflicts, humanitarian disasters, and severe social or political unrest,” an HRW statement read.

HRW claimed that this work may have attracted the attentions of governments, including those which are suspected NSO clients.

“It is no accident that governments are using spyware to target activists and journalists, the very people who uncover their abusive practices,” Fakih said. “They seem to believe that by doing so, they can consolidate power, muzzle dissent, and protect their manipulation of facts.”

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