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Amazon Web Services shuts down infrastructure linked to Pegasus vendor NSO Group

In two separate reports, Amnesty International and Citizen Lab confirm Amazon's connection to NSO's Pegasus malware and include the location of servers used by the Israeli company.  Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Monday shut down infrastructure and accounts linked to Pegasus vendor NSO Group, Amazon said in a statement to Vice. On Sunday, it emerged that several Indian activists, journalists, politicians, and their acquaintances may have had their communications targeted for interception by the government with the help of NSO’s Pegasus spyware, which is only sold to nation-states. These revelations are the outcome of a collaboration called Pegasus Project comprising more than 80 journalists from 17 media organisations in 10 countries coordinated by Forbidden Stories. "We shut down the infrastructure referenced in this report that was confirmed to be supporting the reported hacking activity, in accordance with our terms of use," an AWS Spokesperson told MediaNama. Why this matters?  While India has long been suspected of being a Pegasus buyer, the scale and nature of surveillance it has embarked upon, and the targets it seems to have picked, don’t appear to indicate national security concerns of organised crime dealings — for which surveillance is usually sanctioned. The targets include journalists and activists critical of the government, politicians from the opposition, and officials in the Election Commission and Supreme Court. Read: Pegasus Spyware: All The Latest Facts On Who Was Targeted, The Modus Operandi, And More What is Amazon's role here? Amnesty International: Amnesty International’s Security Lab, which provided technical support to the Pegasus Project,…

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