The entire world accused Israel of selling pegasus software (hacking software). Sixteen newspapers, including the British daily Guardian, have leaked the hacking case. The hacking targets include at least 300 Indian politicians, journalists, rights activists, and scientists, according to the country’s news portal The Air. However, the Indian government has denied any involvement in the spying. The phone numbers were first found in a leaked database by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, a Paris-based company, and later reported to 18 news outlets, including the Guardian and The Air. Together, they named the search for the Pegasus Project. Pegasus can smuggle messages, photos, emails from an iPhone or Android phone, as well as call records and secretly turn on the microphone.
Now, Israel will not sell cyber technology in some countries, including Saudi. Israel has shortlisted some countries for buying cyber technology. Countries that Israel has banned from buying cyber technology include Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The Israeli newspaper Calcalist published a report on Thursday. It said Israel had been under pressure from the international community since it leaked the Pegasus spyware scandal to the media. Then such a decision was taken.
102 countries could buy cyber technology from Israel. They have reduced that number to 37. Following the Israeli newspaper’s report, the country’s defense ministry said it had taken the right steps.
The manufacturer of Pegasus is NSO Group of Israel. An investigation by 16 media organizations around the world into the use of this spyware was published last July. It said the Pegasus spyware was used to spy on the phones of government officials, politicians, journalists, and human rights activists in different countries. Thousands of human rights activists, journalists, politicians, government officials, and business executives from around the world are on the Pegasus watch list. Then the NSO group came under controversy all over the world. The United States later took action against the NSO group. The country blacklisted the company. The technology hunk Apple also has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group this week.