Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia has dismissed as “baseless” it used Israeli-supplied Pegasus malware to spy on journalists and human rights activists.
“A Saudi official denied the latest reported in media shops that an entity within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia used software program to observe telephone calls,” the official SPA information company reported late Wednesday.
“The supply added that such are unfaithful, and that KSA’s insurance policies don’t condone such practices.”
Saudi Arabia was one in every of a lot of governments around the globe accused of utilizing Pegasus spy ware to observe the actions of dissidents and different critics, following an investigation by a consortium of media firms, 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 staff, NSO insists its software program is barely meant to be used in preventing 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 spy ware is a weapon of alternative for repressive governments searching for to silence journalists, assault activists and crush dissent, inserting numerous lives in peril,” Amnesty chief Agnes Callamard mentioned in an announcement.
The UAE normalized 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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