NSO Group has said Pegasus is automated not to target phones with the +1 U.S. country code, but American citizens living abroad have been midst its victims
The FBI has confirmed purchasing NSO Group’s powerful spyware tool Pegasus, whose enduring abuse to survey journalists, dissidents, and human rights activists has long been established.
It suggested its impetus was to “stay abreast of emerging technologies and tradecraft.”The agency added in a statement on February 2 that it attained a limited license from the Israeli firm “for product testing and evaluation only,” never using it operationally or to sustenance any investigation.
But critics speculated why the premier U.S. law enforcement agency would need to pay for access to a notorious surveillance tool that has been expansively researched by public interest cyber sleuths if its interest was so limited.
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