Sunday, November 28

Report: Israel decided to exclude countries from buying hacking and spyware

Calcalist newspaper said that Israel has reduced the list of countries to which it sells spyware and electronic security programs, following the storm sparked by successive news that the Israeli Pegasus program was used to spy on officials, politicians, journalists and activists in many countries.

The Israeli newspaper – which did not reveal its sources – said that Tel Aviv had reduced “the list of countries eligible to purchase these technologies to only 37 countries, instead of 102.”

Among the countries that Israel excluded from the list are Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the newspaper.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense responded to the newspaper’s report with a statement saying that it takes “appropriate steps” when the terms of use stipulated in its export licenses are violated, but it did not go so far as to confirm that any licenses had been revoked.

Israel has been under global pressure to stop the export of spyware since last July, after a group of international press organizations revealed that the “Pegasus” program produced by the Israeli company “NSO” was used to hack the phones of journalists, government officials and human rights activists in several countries.

This month, US authorities blacklisted NSO for selling spyware to governments that “misused it”.

The company expressed its dissatisfaction with the decision, noting that its technologies “support US national security interests and policies by warding off terrorism and crime,” according to it.

NSO also faced lawsuits and criticism from major technology companies accusing it of exposing its customers to the risk of hacking, and Apple was the latest company to sue NSO with a lawsuit it filed a few days ago.

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