UAE agency placed spyware on Khashoggi fiancee’s phone: Report | Technology News

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Gov’t agency put NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware on phone months before the Saudi journalist’s killing, The Washington Post finds.

An Emirati government agency placed spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group on the phone of someone in Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle, just months before the Saudi journalist was killed, The Washington Post has reported.

The US newspaper reported on Tuesday that the phone of Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hanan Elatr, was infected with Pegasus spyware while she was in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) custody in April 2018.

That month Elatr was detained upon arrival at the airport in Dubai, and she handed over two Android mobile phones, a laptop and her passwords before being interrogated overnight, said the Post.

The newspaper conducted its analysis with the help of Bill Marczak, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which has been investigating the use of Pegasus and other spyware for…

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