Israel’s Military Censor Asks for Early Release From Service Following NSO Job Offer
Ariella Ben-Avraham is in talks to join the infamous surveillance company as its head of public relations
Golan Hazani | 08:15 05.01.2020
Israeli cyber surveillance company NSO is looking to hire the head censor of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to head its press relations and regulation department, according to one person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. Ariella Ben-Avraham, 50, who is planned to step down from her IDF position in June, has asked to move up her retirement date to March, the person familiar with the matter said. Ben-Avraham has yet to accept the offer, but people close to the talks estimate she is likely to take the position, the person said. Approached for comment, the IDF spokesman said that Ben-Avraham’s retirement was agreed upon following a 32-year military career and over four years as head censure, and she is set to end her role during 2020. complaint in a California Court, alleging that NSO and its Luxembourg-based affiliate Q Cyber Technologies Ltd. used WhatsApp servers to deliver malware to approximately 1,400 devices, for the purpose of surveilling certain Whatsapp users. In May, members of human rights organization Amnesty International filed a lawsuit with Tel Aviv district court, alleging that Pegasus was used in attempted surveillance of an Amnesty staff member and asking that the company’s export license be revoked.