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Mexican Government Accused of Illegally Using Mobile Spying Software on Local Journalists and Activists

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Jun
2017
Mexican Government Accused of Illegally Using Mobile Spying Software on Local Journalists and Activists

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After a recent investigation, Mexican NGOs allege that the Mexican government is deploying sophisticated mobile spying software on local journalists, lawyers and activists. Using fake custom messages, such as news, pictures and text messages to lure victims into clicking various URLs, a series of zero-day vulnerabilities would be exploited to allow remote control of the targeted devices.

The spying software, dubbed Pegasus, is believed to have been developed and sold to governments by Israel’s NSO Group, sporting capabilities that allegedly allow its buyers to remotely compromise popular operating systems such as Android, iOS and Blackberry.

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