Israeli Police Used Spyware To Hack Citizens Phones

Share post:

According to the Israeli newspaper Calcalist, the Israeli police used spyware from the Israeli company NSO Group to hack the phones of Israeli citizens without a court order.

The report states that Israeli police purchased NSO’s Pegasus spyware in December 2013 and deployed it after December 2015.

They are said to have intercepted calls and messages on the mobile phones of Israelis not suspected of crimes.

To carry out the cell phone surveillance, senior officers issue orders to a classified police cyber unit.

The report revealed that police hacked the leaders of the Black Flag movement in 2020.

They used it to spy on two mayors suspected of corruption, anti-LGBTQ activists, and in murder investigations.

Following the report, Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev tweeted that police do not hack devices without court approval, and said he would seek more oversight.

NSO Group, the company behind the controversial malware, is under global scrutiny, particularly from the U.S. for its role in aiding authoritarian governments and its abuse of human rights.

For more information, read the original story in NPR.

Featured Tech Jobs


Related articles

All Okta customer support users had their email addresses copied

Identity and access provider Okta now says the threat actor who accessed its customer help desk system last month got the names and email addresses of all contacts of organizations that use its support system. Originally, the company said that, after an investigation, it determined only one per cent of the contacts from its 18,000

Failure of technology to detect attacks is a prime cause of breaches: Survey

Despite the money being poured into cybersecurity by IT departments, the leading cause of breaches of security controls was the failure of technology to detect an attack, a new survey from Trellix suggests. Forty-two per cent of respondents to the international survey of infosec leaders whose organization had suffered a recent cyber attack said their

Canadian group gets $2.2 million to research AI threat detection for wireless networks

Ericsson Canada and three universities have been awarded funds by the National Cybersecurity

Cyber Security Today, Nov. 29, 2023 – More ransomware attacks on the healthcare sector

This episode reports on a company hit twice by a ransomware gang, the arrest in Ukraine of the alleged head of a ransomware gang

Become a member

New, Relevant Tech Stories. Our article selection is done by industry professionals. Our writers summarize them to give you the key takeaways