Israeli spyware used by Saudi murderers, regimes worldwide

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The Washington Post reports that 37 smartphones owned by people connected with murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were targeted by "military-grade spyware" created by an Israeli company.

The Post says these smartphones were on a list of more than 50,000 numbers that are concentrated in countries known to engage in surveillance of their citizens.

These countries' governments are known to be clients of the Israeli company, NSO Group, whose Pegasus spyware is ostensibly licensed to track terrorists and major criminals.

Many of the numbers on the list were in the Middle East, but the greatest number was in Mexico.

The targeted individuals include top military and political officials, as well as journalists and human rights activists.

The spyware can easily bypass strong passwords and encryption and can attack phones without any warning to users.

It can also read anything on a device that the user can, while also stealing photos, recordings, location records, communications, passwords, call logs and social media posts.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Saudi agents surveilling Kashoggi via PC monitors, hacking his phone
2. Show on map how spyware was sold by Israel to Saudis and rest of world
3. NSO's two bosses exchange disk for briefcase full of money
4. Map view of spyware sales show 50K phones infected, zoom to Mexico where 15K infected
5. Icons of types of people targeted, generals, politicians, journalists - Saudis bypassing password on Kashoggi's phone as they remotely hack it
6. Saudis remotely hacking Kashoggi phone, copying folders of photos from phone to their PCs

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The Washington Post reports that 37 smartphones owned by people connected with murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were targeted by 'military-grade spyware' created by an Israeli company."

"The Post says these smartphones were on a list of more than 50,000 numbers that are concentrated in countries known to engage in surveillance of their citizens."

"These countries' governments are known to be clients of the Israeli company, NSO Group, whose Pegasus spyware is ostensibly licensed to track terrorists and major criminals."

"Many of the numbers on the list were in the Middle East, but the greatest number was in Mexico."

"The targeted individuals include top military and political officials, as well as journalists and human rights activists."

"The spyware can easily bypass strong passwords and encryption and can attack phones without any warning to users."

"It can also read anything on a device that the user can, while also stealing photos, recordings, location records, communications, passwords, call logs and social media posts."


SOURCES: Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN, Al Jazeera
https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/interactive/2021/nso-spyware-pegasus-cellphones/
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/18/politics/israeli-spyware-phone-list-hack-investigation/index.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/18/malware-targets-journalists-activists-and-lawyers-media-reports
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/12/israel-planted-spying-devices-near-white-house-says-report
https://ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/sp-foxvideo.html