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NSO Group pitched proto-Pegasus to San Diego Police; investigation against buyers of Pegasus in Ghana, Mexico

NSO Group Pegasus
NSO Group Pegasus

In the last one week, reports about NSO Group's dealings with state agencies have surfaced in three different countries — the United States, Ghana, and Mexico. The controversial Israeli spyware company had pitched its products to American police, Motherboard reported. Three former high-ranking officials in Ghana were sentenced to prison for "clandestinely" purchasing Pegasus, Modern Ghana reported. The Mexican government said that the previous government had purchased it and the incumbent government was investigating its purchase. NSO Group pitched proto-Pegasus to San Diego Police The NSO Group, whose software — Pegasus — was used to spy on 121 Indians using a vulnerability in WhatsApp, pitched its products to American Police as well, Motherboard reported on May 12. The products included Phantom, a hacking product that "remotely and covertly extracts all data from any smartphone", as per the brochure shared by Motherboard. Since the story broke,  American Senator Ron Wyden (Democrat) has already called for "aggressive oversight" over the sale of the NSO Group's tools to American police, according to the Register. Wyden, who heads the Senate Finance Committee, had called for examining the possibility of the NSO Group and other foreign surveillance companies hacking US citizens and called it a "serious national security issue" in the wake of WhatsApp's lawsuit. Phantom is reportedly the "brand name" for Pegasus in the United States, the spyware that was also used to target human rights activists and lawyers UAE, Mexico, etc. As per the brochure, Westbridge Technologies is the North American branch of…

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