The findings by a consortium of news organizations that journalists, human rights activists and opposition politicians have been targeted by authoritarian regimes and right-wing populist governments using Israeli spyware to monitor it, call on the international community to monitor the use and dissemination of surveillance restrict. the future of democracy.
As Radio Free Europe (RFE) reports today, media groups are calling on governments to regulate the sale of spyware after major news outlets reported that the phones of hundreds of journalists, activists, dissidents and lawyers around the world were targeted. , according to The Time magazine.
“The industry has shown that it cannot do policing itself, while governments – including democracies – are hiding behind national security to disguise abuse of surveillance,” the Access Now digital group said in a statement.
The data set, obtained from the non-profit media organization Forbbiden Stories, shared with Amnesty International and several publications, contains a list of telephone numbers suspected of being customers of the NSO Group, an Israeli company that developed a piece of spyware. , to monitor. Called Pegasus which can access information from a smartphone.
The potential scope of the software, which could be reached for the first time, shows the extent to which governments around the world are using the new private market for spyware, the US magazine said. .
The Financial Times states in its editorial that Pegasus espionage software allows the user to penetrate the darkest corners of smartphones – personal data, private messages, photos and contact lists, and that it can include cameras and recorders.
The newspaper adds the technology to target terrorists and criminal groups, but has reportedly become a way for states to spy on critics, dissidents and others.
For years, the global espionage industry has been working from the shadows, merely to human rights organizations and journalists. The industry claims that it is about fighting crime and terrorism.
However, industry members regularly sell it to governments that equate ‘crime’ and ‘terror’ with ‘critics’ and ‘differences of opinion’, University of California David Kaye and Maritje Shaake write for The Washington Post. Marietje Schaake), Director of International Policy at the Stanford University Center for Cyber Policy.