Israel spyware company’s CEO resigns

Israel NSO Group:

Israel spyware company NSO Group has announced that Shalev Hulio, its chief executive, is resigning with immediate effect. Yaron Shohat, the company’s chief operating officer, has been hired to oversee a reorganization of the business before a replacement is chosen. Israel spyware company’s CEO resigned!

Approximately 100 staff will be let go as part of the company’s reorganization, a source within the organization revealed on Sunday, and Shohat will serve as CEO up until the board names a replacement.

Israel spyware company’s CEO resigns and has been accused of selling software allowing repressive governments to secretly eavesdrop on their critics, has stepped down as part of an internal reshuffle.


Pegasus Software:

The surveillance firm of Israel, which makes pegasus software, has been contending with legal action after allegations that its tools were used by governments and other agencies to hack the mobile phones of dissidents, human rights activists, and journalists.

NSO Group of Israel has said its technology is intended to help catch terrorists, pedophiles, and hardened criminals and is sold to “vetted and legitimate” government clients, although it keeps its client list confidential.

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Cutting-edge tech:

“The company’s products remain in high demand with governments and law enforcement agencies because of its cutting-edge technology and proven ability to assist these customers in fighting crime and terror,” Shohat said in a statement.

“NSO will ensure that the company’s groundbreaking technologies are used for rightful and worthy purposes,” he added.  Moreover, the US blacklists scandal-plagued NSO, adding pressure on the company that has to pay back $450 million in loans. 

NSO Group Ltd., the scandal-plagued spyware company that’s in danger of defaulting on its debts, is exploring options that include shutting its controversial Pegasus unit and selling the entire company, according to people familiar with the matter.

Israel launches commission to probe Pegasus spyware in 2021:

Israel has established a commission to review allegations that NSO Group’s controversial Pegasus phone surveillance software was misused amid a hacking scandal that has roiled governments globally. The announcement on Thursday by the head of the Israeli parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee came amid revelations that the Israeli firm’s spyware appears to have been used by governments in the surveillance of a head of state, opposition figures, activists, and journalists, whose names were among some 50,000 potential targets on a list leaked to rights group Amnesty International and Paris-based Forbidden Stories.

The revelations sparked calls for accountability and increased controls on the international sale of spyware technology. Pegasus can hack into mobile phones without a user knowing, enabling clients to read every message, track a user’s location and tap into the phone’s camera and microphone.

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Legislator of Israel Ram Ben Barak, the former deputy head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, told Army Radio, “The defense establishment appointed a review committee made up of a number of groups” to probe the allegations.

Our Vulnerability to spying Tech:

According to evidence collected by the Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories and the rights group Amnesty International, it seems there are 50,000 people whose phones have been selected for surveillance. Most of the numbers are in Gulf countries and North Africa, but other affected nations include India, Pakistan, and France.

Some of the technology is for sale and tens of thousands of politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists have been targeted.

As Reported by the media team of the Youth Diplomacy Forum, the data is taken from multiple media outlets. 

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