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Spyware used to target journalists and activists around the world, reports indicate

The investigation drew connections to murdered journalists

Military-grade spyware was used to hack the smartphones of dozens of journalists and activists, according to an investigation conducted and reported by 17 media organizations.

  • Politico

The Pegasus spyware was created and leased by the NSO Group, an Israeli firm.

It is designed to be used to track terrorists by military, intelligence agencies and law enforcement officials.

However, the list of countries with large numbers of hacking targets suggests the extremely sophisticated spyware may well have been provided to some leaders with problematic human-rights records seeking to…

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