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The Rise of Pegasus and Why India Should Know the Problem with Hiring ‘Internet Mercenaries’ | The Print

The Rise of Pegasus and Why India Should Know the Problem with Hiring ‘Internet Mercenaries’ | The Print

Pegasus, created by two students in northern Israel, was originally used for gaining remote access to phones for maintenance.  Now, its more lucrative use as mobile surveillance spyware, is being used by “internet mercenaries” like the Israeli NSO Group who are selling their services to governments all over the world.  NSO founders come from Israel’s largest military elite Defence Force unit.  Their software allows information to be pulled from mobile devices without notifying the user, including phone calls, texts, passwords, and calendar entries. This spyware can infiltrate a phone with a simple WhatsApp call, even if you do not answer.  Their first client was the Mexican government who paid $77 million in 2013 to crack down on the drug cartels. Saudi Arabia paid $55 million to track just 150 cell phones. In 2018, the company had done over $250 million in revenue for the year.  Spyware has now become a necessary evil with a hefty price and India is at its mercy with powers abusing the service and the governments sourcing from other countries.

Source: https://theprint.in/opinion/rise-of-pegasus-india-must-know-problem-with-hiring-internet-mercenaries/314457/

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