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'Enough is enough': Pegasus spyware maker slams slander campaign

While stating that the list which is being talked about is not a list of targets or potential targets of Pegasus, the NSO Group said that the numbers in the list are not related to the company. 

Pegasus spyware maker NSO Group slams slander campaign-VPN
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Tel Aviv, First Published Jul 22, 2021, 8:30 AM IST
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Amidst the ongoing controversy over the snooping by Pegasus spyware across several countries, the malware maker NSO Group has said that it would no longer "play along with the vicious and slanderous campaign".

Stating that 'enough is enough', the company also said that it will no longer respond to the media enquiries on this matter. 

In a statement, the NSO Group said, "In light of the recent planned and well-orchestrated media campaign lead by Forbidden Stories and pushed by special interest groups, and due to the complete disregard of the facts, NSO is announcing it will no longer be responding to media inquiries on this matter and it will not play along with the vicious and slanderous campaign."

While stating that the list which is being talked about is not a list of targets or potential targets of Pegasus, the company said that the numbers in the list are not related to the NSO group. 

Any claim that a name in the list is necessarily related to a Pegasus target or Pegasus potential target is erroneous and false, the firm added.

"NSO is a technology company. We do not operate the system, nor do we have access to the data of our customers, yet they are obligated to provide us with such information under investigations," it added.

It further assured that if it really gets any concrete evidence of the misuse of Pegasus, then it will be investigated and if the wrong use is found, the system will also be shut down.

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post reported that Defence Minister Benny Gantz has said that his ministry is studying the investigation into NSO Group. The development comes after claims emerged that the Israeli cyber company has been selling spyware to foreign governments to target Opposition leaders, bureaucrats, judicial officials, journalists and activists. 

"We are aware of recent publications regarding the use of systems developed by certain Israeli cyber companies," Gantz said on Tuesday at Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University, without naming the Herzliya-based company.

The investigation was carried out by 17 media organisations, led by the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories, and sponsored by Amnesty International.

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