A newspaper in Israel is accusing the Israeli government of using spyware to hack the cell phones of citizens. Where have we heard this before?
The spyware comes from a company called NSO Group. The report says: “Among those who had their phones broken into by police are mayors, leaders of political protests against former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former governmental employees, and a person close to a senior politician. Calcalist learned that the hacking wasn’t done under court supervision, and police didn’t request a search or bugging warrant to conduct the surveillance.”
The police force bought the expensive software in 2013 but they deny that they used it unlawfully. They told the paper: “The police’s activity in this sector is under constant supervision and inspection of the Attorney General of Israel and additional external legal entities.”