דוכן תערוכה תערוכות של חברת סייבר NSO חשודה ב ריגול תערוכת הגנה ו ביטחון פנים בינלאומית תל אביב מ 2019 ארכיון
NSO at 2019 cyber security expo
Photo: Reuters
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021

Israel appoints commission to review Pegasus-maker NSO

Head of high-profile Knesset committee tells Army Radio commisson was establsihed with a goal 'to review this whole matter of giving licences', while NSO chief says publication of alleged data hack was done 'to smear Israeli cyber industry'

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Published: 07.22.21, 16:34
Israel has established a commission to review allegations that NSO Group's controversial Pegasus phone surveillance software was misused, the head of Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said Thursday.
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  • "The defense establishment appointed a review commission made up of a number of groups," lawmaker Ram Ben Barak told Army Radio.
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    This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021
    This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021
    This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021
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    "When they finish their review, we'll demand to see the results and assess whether we need to make corrections," the former deputy head of the Mossad spy agency added.
    Pegasus has been implicated in possible mass surveillance of journalists, human rights defenders and 14 heads of state.
    Their phone numbers were among some 50,000 potential surveillance targets on a list leaked to rights group Amnesty International and Paris-based Forbidden Stories.
    NSO has said the leak is "not a list of targets or potential targets of Pegasus."
    The company's chief executive Shalev Hulio told Army Radio on Thursday that he would "be very pleased if there were an investigation, so that we'd be able to clear our name".
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    שלו חוליו מנכ"ל חברת NSO
    שלו חוליו מנכ"ל חברת NSO
    NSO chief executive Shalev Hulio
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    He also alleged there was an effort "to smear all the Israeli cyber industry".
    NSO has said it exports to 45 countries, with approval from the Israeli government.
    Hulio said the company could not disclose the details of its contracts due to "issues of confidentiality," but said he would offer full transparency to any government seeking more details.
    "Let any state entity come along - any official from any state - and I'll be prepared to open everything up to them, for them to enter, to dig around from top to bottom," he said.
    Ben Barak said Israel's priority was "to review this whole matter of giving licences."
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    דוכן תערוכה תערוכות של חברת סייבר NSO חשודה ב ריגול תערוכת הגנה ו ביטחון פנים בינלאומית תל אביב מ 2019 ארכיון
    דוכן תערוכה תערוכות של חברת סייבר NSO חשודה ב ריגול תערוכת הגנה ו ביטחון פנים בינלאומית תל אביב מ 2019 ארכיון
    NSO at 2019 cyber security expo
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Pegasus had "exposed many terror cells", he said, but "if it was misused or sold to irresponsible bodies, this is something we need to check."
    Paris-based Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday called for a moratorium on cyber surveillance software.
    Pegasus can hack into mobile phones without a user knowing, enabling clients to read every message, track a user's location and tap into the phone's camera and microphone.
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