Karlin Lillington: Pegasus Project exposes menace of surveillance

Analysis of hacked phones by project reveals capacity to access data and spy on the owner

A woman checks the website of the Israel-made Pegasus spyware at an office in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Wednesday. Photograph: Mario Goldman/AFP

A woman checks the website of the Israel-made Pegasus spyware at an office in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Wednesday. Photograph: Mario Goldman/AFP

Forget China, or the worst excesses of the most sophisticated surveillance agencies such as the US’s Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency or the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters.  

What we’ve learned this week from the collective global investigative journalism initiative called the Pegasus Project is that we have vastly underestimated the breathtakingly invasive scope already available to a surveillance-intent government, agency, or private surveillance client with the money to buy Pegasus spyware from the controversial Israeli software company NSO. 

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