Pegasus: Report suggests FBI tested spyware`s capabilities

Pegasus: Report suggests FBI tested spyware`s capabilities

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly confirmed that it had a license to use Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware and tested the software’s capabilities.

According to The Washington Post, the FBI insisted that the software was never used “in support of any investigation”.

However, the report noted that there was discussion, at least within the Bureau and the Justice Department, about how the FBI might go about deploying spyware.

Pegasus is able to silently infect the phone and access camera and microphone feeds, contacts, texts and more.

The Verge said late Wednesday, “This is a worrying detail – NSO has repeatedly claimed that Pegasus cannot be used on phone numbers with a +1 country code and can only be used in countries outside the US.” is allowed.”

The FBI did not confirm other details, such as allegations that he had settled a $5 million bill with NSO and at one time renewed a contract for Pegasus.

The FBI reiterated a statement that it will “regularly identify, evaluate and test technical solutions and problems, including potential operational and security concerns, should they be in the wrong hands”.

NSO Group has been blacklisted by the US government for doing business with technology companies based in the country.

Tech giant Apple filed suit against NSO Group in November 2021, seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the Israeli company from using any Apple software, services or devices.

Apple acknowledged that a small number of its users may have been targeted by the NSO Group exploit to install Pegasus on Apple devices.

Apple also sent threat notification alerts to victims of state-sponsored hackers, starting with Thailand, El Salvador and Uganda.

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