Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia has dismissed as “baseless” allegations it used Israeli-supplied Pegasus malware to spy on journalists and human rights activists.
“A Saudi official denied the recent allegations reported in media outlets that an entity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia used software to monitor phone calls,” the official SPA information company reported late Wednesday.
“The source added that such allegations are untrue, and that KSA’s policies do not condone such practices.”
Saudi Arabia was one in all quite a few governments all over the world accused of utilizing Pegasus spyware and adware to observe the actions of dissidents and different critics, following an investigation by a consortium of media corporations, together with the Washington Post, the Guardian and France’s Le Monde.
Israel’s NSO Group and its Pegasus malware — able to switching on a telephone’s digital camera or microphone and harvesting its information — have been within the headlines since 2016, when researchers accused it of serving to spy on a dissident within the United Arab Emirates.
An enormous of Israeli tech with 850 workers, NSO insists its software program is barely meant to be used in combating terrorism and different crimes, and that another use is the work of “rogue” operators.
Those claims are rubbished by human rights group Amnesty International.
“NSO’s spyware is a weapon of choice for repressive governments seeking to silence journalists, attack activists and crush dissent, placing countless lives in peril,” Amnesty chief Agnes Callamard mentioned in a press release.
The UAE normalised its relations with Israel in a US-brokered deal final yr, however regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia nonetheless has no formal ties with the Jewish state.
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