Pegasus: Saudi Arabia denies espionage accusations

After a shocking investigation that claimed several countries used Israeli software Pegasus, Saudi Arabia denied any “unfounded” spying accusations.

“An official denied claims in the press that a kingdom entity used software to monitor communications,” the official SPA News Agency stated Wednesday night, without naming the software. in question.

According to the source, whose name has not been revealed, “these allegations are unfounded” and Saudi Arabia “doesn’t approve of such a practice,” SPA stated.

Saudi Arabia, like Morocco, is suspected to have used Pegasus software

Saudi Arabia is one of the countries where Pegasus software was reportedly used Monitor politicians, journalists, and human right activists A survey by 17 international media including the French dailies, published last week found that business leaders are more likely to be included in the results. The world, british The Guardian American The Washington Post.

NSO, an Israeli company, markets the spyware Pegasus. Once inserted into a smartphone’s battery, it allows you to retrieve messages, photos and contacts, as well as other information.Listen to calls The owner.

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NSO, which is often accused of playing the “game of authoritarian governments”, assures that it uses its software only to get information against criminal or terrorist groups.

Saudi Arabia has been conducting a constant crackdown against dissidents, human rights activists, since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was elected to the de facto power reins in 2017. It is often accused of stalking and infiltrating moles on Twitter, as well as stalking opposition social network users.

Two former employees of the social networking site were accused by the US Department of Justice of spying for the Saudi government.

Source: AFP

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