Over the past few weeks, media outlets around the world, led by the French site Forbidden Story and Amnesty International, have been leaking information about people suspected of using Pegasus.
The NSO Group, the manufacturer of the Israeli company, has reportedly banned some users, including the governments of various countries, from purchasing the Pegasus software. This is reported by NPR quoting an NSO employee. The move follows reports that Pegasus is being abused by several countries.
Over the past few weeks, media outlets around the world, led by the French site Forbidden Story and Amnesty International, have been leaking information about people suspected of using Pegasus. Indications are that the NSO’s ‘suspension’ action is also a response to this.
The Israeli security firm has been under a lot of pressure since the news broke. Israel, where the company is located, has also been under international pressure over the issue. It was at this point that the investigation against Pegasus began in France. Following this, the company reportedly banned some of its users from using Pegasus.
There is a launch of an investigation with some users and actions which is a part of it. The current suspension is temporary, an NSO employee who spoke to NPR said. Meanwhile, Israeli government sources on Wednesday inspected the NSO headquarters. The Israeli Defense Ministry said it had raised questions about the issues that had now arisen.
The NSO says it has 60 users in 40 countries around the world. However, it says that these are government agencies, the military and law enforcement agencies. Also to note the fact is, the NSO had banned about five Pegasus users from using it, even before the recent media reports. According to the Washington Post, the agencies are based in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Mexico.