Zambian phones targeted by Israeli made notorious spyware program that is sold only to governments

PEGASUS spyware which is often used against the opposition, journalists and human rights activists has been found in Zambia.Pegasus is a notorious spyware program sold only to governments.The malware, known as Pegasus, was created by Israeli cyber-security firm NSO and has been around for at least three years, when it was first detailed in a report over the summer of 2016.In a report titled ‘Hide and Seek’ which was released on Monday, Citizen Lab — a Canada based internet watchdog — identified 45 countries in which infected devices have been traced, after scanning the internet for servers associated with Pegasus spyware. It also identified multiple instances of cross-border surveillance.The researchers found suspected NSO Pegasus infections associated with 33 of the 36 Pegasus operators.“We identified in 45 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zambia. As our findings are based on country-level geolocation of DNS servers, factors such as VPNs and satellite Internet teleport locations can introduce inaccuracies.”The data published by Citizen Lab reveals the existence of 36 different groups who deployed the Pegasus spyware against targets located in 45 countries, the surprising part is that this list includes the US, France, Canada, Switzerland, and the UK, countries known to have democratic governments in place.Citizen Lab says ten of these 36 groups appear to be conducting surveillance in multiple countries and have not limited their spying inside their own country’s borders, an act that may violate surveillance laws active in the states where Pegasus victims may be located.Source: ukdefencejournal Post Views: 2,842

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