Report: Pegasus spyware used to target El Salvador journalists

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Pegasus Software accessed the phones of at least 35 journalists and other citizens in El Salvador in a hack attack on news outlet El Faro and other targets in the country, according to a new report,

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Why this matters: Cybersecurity watchdogs Citizen Lab and Access Now report Wednesday two months after the US government blacklisted the Israeli firm NSO Group, which produces Pegasus, on companies engaging in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. Comes. State.

Running news: The hacking occurred in July 2020 and November 2021, as news outlets were “reporting on sensitive issues related to President Bukele’s administration”, such as allegations that the government negotiated a “‘compromise'” with the MS-13 gang. violence and electoral support,” according to the report. (The government denies this.)

  • Other targets, according to the report, include employees of news outlets “GatoEncerado, La Prensa Grafica, Disruptive Digital Magazine, Dario El Mundo, El Diario de Hoy and two freelance journalists.”
  • Three NGOs, a pro-democracy and human rights group, were also targeted, the report said.
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for the recordNSO has denied reports that its software has been used by governments around the world to spy on journalists, human rights activists and possibly world leaders.

  • It has said that it has taken all possible steps to ensure that its software will not be used for anything other than fighting crime and terrorism.

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