Human rights activists and journalists have been the subject of hacking attempts using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, an investigation claims, with approximately 37 smartphones successfully hacked using the surveillance tool.

NSO Group is known for producing hacking tools, which are used by governments and law enforcement agencies around the world. The company’s best-known tool is “Pegasus,” spyware that can jailbreak a device like an iPhone, install malware, and allow the exporting of user data.In an investigation by a group of 17 media organizations, it seems Pegasus is being used to attack critics of governments, rather than just against criminals. A leak, reported by The Guardian, includes a list of more than 50,000 phone numbers thought to have been people of interest for clients of NSO Group since 2016.

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