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Leak of Alleged Pegasus Target List Restokes Spyware Debate

Pegasus Spyware Critics See Shift to Mass Surveillance; Vendor NSO Group Disagrees Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • July 20, 2021

Amnesty International on Sunday warned that Pegasus software was able to exploit Apple's latest iPhone 12 running the current 14.6 operating system. (Photo: Apple)

Allegations that commercially available spyware is being abused by countries to spy on dissidents, journalists, political rivals and business leaders are again in the spotlight.

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The leaking of an alleged target list tied to users of Israel-based NSO Group's Pegasus spyware - built to infect even the latest, fully patched Apple and Android devices - has led to questions over the scale of such operations, if the use of Pegasus gets sufficiently policed and whether the sale of spyware to certain countries should be blocked.

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