From Middle East to India, women ‘violated’ in Pegasus hack

A woman using her phone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group that developed ‘Pegasus’, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. Deploying the software in countries with few privacy protections, restricted freedom of expression, and broadly conservative societies can pose a particular risk to women, rights activists warned. — AFP

BANGKOK/BEIRUT: Dozens of women across India, the Middle East and North Africa who were likely targeted for surveillance by governments using Pegasus spyware are now at a heightened risk of being blackmailed or harassed, tech experts and victims said.

Developed by Israeli tech firm NSO, Pegasus turns a mobile phone into a surveillance device – using its microphone and cameras and accessing and exporting messages, photos and emails without the user’s knowledge.

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