Israel defence panel to ‘scan’ more spyware companies – News Vibe24

    Israel defence panel to ‘scan’ more spyware companies - Times of India
    Israel appears to be expanding its control of surveillance software exports beyond the NSO Group, just days after a raid on the offices of the Herzliyahead-based company, whose Pegasus spyware was allegedly used by governments to to watch politicians, journalists and others in various countries, including India.
    The Haaretz newspaper reported on Tuesday that the country’s top defense committee will convene a special meeting on “aggressive cyber-attacks” amid a global backlash over spyware surveillance and the expansion of a list of possible targets, the latter being Britain’s ombudsman. David Lawrence Haigh. According to the report, a “closed meeting” of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee was convened on August 9 to discuss not only the Pegasus case but also the operation of other Israeli companies such as Candiru and Quadream, both of which have been accused of selling their spyware in so-called non-democratic regimes. The newspaper reported that the minutes of the meeting would not be recorded, although MP Ram Ben Barak, who chairs the committee, denied that such a meeting had been scheduled. The classified intelligence subcommittee is a group of three lawmakers in addition to Barak, a former deputy head of Mossad’s national intelligence service.
    The outcry over the Israeli defense establishment with a long, harsh glance at a group of spyware exporters became louder after Amnesty International’s forensic analysis revealed Monday that lawyer Haigh’s phone may have penetrated Pei. He also claimed that the phones of a Muslim activist based in the United Kingdom and three others – an Indian legal official and a journalist each from Hungary and Turkey – had been targeted.
    In France, the newspaper Le Monde reported that a French intelligence service confirmed that the phones of three journalists in the country had either planted Pegasus or were targeted for illegal installation. A multi-country survey by a group of media and non-profit organizations suggests that a phone used by President Macron was among the potential targets of Moroccan intelligence services, Haaretz said. He points to a media report in France that the French government has asked Israel to ban the use of Pegasus on its territory.

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