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Pegasus Project Investigation and What Has Happened Since It Broke

Natalia Krapiva

The Pegasus Project is an international investigative journalism initiative that revealed governments' espionage on journalists, opposition politicians, activists, businesspeople and others using the private Pegasus spyware developed by the Israeli technology firm NSO Group. Pegasus was marketed for surveillance of "serious crimes and terrorism". In 2020, an analysis of 50,000 leaked phone numbers revealed the numbers of leading opposition politicians, human rights activists, journalists, lawyers and other political dissidents.

More than half of the phones inspected by Amnesty International's cybersecurity team revealed evidence of the Pegasus spyware, a zero-click Trojan virus that provides the attacker full access to the targeted smartphone, its data, images, photographs and conversations as well as camera, microphone and geolocation. 

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