Israel sells spyware to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain
These states use the Israeli spyware to monitor anti-regime activists, Haaretz said, with the Israeli government's encouragement and approval.
Israel has sold spyware to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and the UAE, helping them monitor the dissidents’ activities, The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday.
As per According to the paper, the Israeli firm NSO Group Technologies, whose software is used to hack mobile phones, has over the past few years sold its Pegasus spyware for hundreds of millions of dollars to the UAE and the other Gulf States.These states use the Israeli spyware to monitor anti-regime activists, Haaretz said, with the Israeli government’s encouragement and approval.
Chaim Levinson wrote to Haaretz that The NSO “is one of the most active Israeli companies in the Gulf. Israel’s Pegasus 3 software permits law enforcement authorities to hack into cellphones, copy their contents, and sometimes even to control their camera and audio recording capabilities.”
According to Levinson, the company works only with state authorities, “but it doesn’t distinguish between democracies and dictatorships, as in the Gulf; despite its claims, it does little to supervise how its technology is used.”
“Israel,” Levinson said, “put NSO in touch with Arab states in the region. Israeli representatives even took part in marketing meetings between intelligence officials in the Arab states and NSO executives. Some of the meetings were held in Israel.”
Levinson said that NSO makes hundreds of billions from the sale of spyware to Arab countries.
He said: “Every Gulf state has a nickname based on the first letter of the country’s name and an automotive manufacturer: Saudi Arabia is called Subaru, Bahrain is BMW and Jordan is Jaguar. The practice within The NSO is to use these names rather than the country’s real name.”
Regarding Qatar, Haaretz said, NSO does not do business with it because Israel prohibits it.
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