Amnesty International Takes Legal Action Against Israeli Surveillance Company NSO
Members of the human rights organization filed a petition with Tel Aviv district court, asking for NSO’s export license to be rescinded after its malware was allegedly used to spy on an Amnesty staff member
Hagar Ravet | 12:44 13.05.2019
Members of human rights organization Amnesty International are calling on the Israeli Ministry of Defense to revoke the export license of cyber surveillance company NSO Group. In a petition filed with Tel Aviv district court Monday morning and reviewed by Calcalist, members of the organization alleged that NSO’s spyware was used in attempted surveillance of an Amnesty staff member. August 2018. repeatedly stated that it sells exclusively to governments and law enforcement agencies and that its spyware has saved tens of thousands of lives. NSO made headlines around the world due to the alleged use of its spyware to surveil journalists, politicians, and human rights activists. According to Monday’s petition, NSO’s Pegasus spyware was utilized in 2018 in an attempt to hijack the smartphone of an unnamed Amnesty member. An anonymous message sent to member’s phone was discovered to be linked to a server known to serve Pegasus’ operating platform. While the employee did not open the insidious message, Amnesty surmised that the spyware might have been installed on the device by other means. According to the petition, Amnesty suspects that information about the organization’s members in Saudi Arabia and other countries could have been obtained, resulting in potential risk to their personal freedom and well-being.