NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance agency that sells the adware Pegasus, has trashed studies in The Wire and different publications that stated cellphone numbers of Indian ministers, opposition leaders and journalists have been discovered on a database of targets for hacking. In response to The Wire report, the leaked database was accessed by Paris-based media non-profit Forbidden Tales and Amnesty Worldwide and shared with a number of publications.
Right here is the total assertion by NSO Group:
The report by Forbidden Tales is stuffed with fallacious assumptions and uncorroborated theories that increase critical doubts in regards to the reliability and pursuits of the sources. It looks as if the “unidentified sources” have provided data that has no factual foundation and are removed from actuality.
After checking their claims, we firmly deny the false allegations made of their report. Their sources have provided them with data which has no factual foundation, as evident by the shortage of supporting documentation for a lot of of their claims.
Actually, these allegations are so outrageous and much from actuality, that NSO is contemplating a defamation lawsuit.
NSO Group has a very good cause to imagine the claims which can be made by the unnamed sources to Forbidden Tales, are primarily based on deceptive interpretation of information from accessible and overt primary data, corresponding to HLR Lookup providers, which don’t have any bearing on the listing of the purchasers targets of Pegasus or every other NSO merchandise. Such providers are brazenly obtainable to anybody, wherever, and anytime, and are generally utilized by governmental businesses for quite a few functions, in addition to by personal firms worldwide.
The claims that the info was leaked from our servers, is a whole lie and ridiculous, since such information by no means existed on any of our servers.
As NSO has beforehand acknowledged, our expertise was not related in any means with the heinous homicide of Jamal Khashoggi. We are able to verify that our expertise was not used to hear, monitor, observe, or accumulate data relating to him or his relations talked about within the inquiry. We beforehand investigated this declare, which once more, is being made with out validation.
We want to emphasize that NSO sells it applied sciences solely to legislation enforcement and intelligence businesses of vetted governments for the only function of saving lives via stopping crime and terror acts. NSO doesn’t function the system and has no visibility to the info.
Our applied sciences are getting used each day to interrupt up pedophilia rings, intercourse and drug-trafficking rings, find lacking and kidnapped kids, find survivors trapped below collapsed buildings, and shield airspace towards disruptive penetration by harmful drones. Merely put, NSO Group is on a life-saving mission, and the corporate will faithfully execute this mission undeterred, regardless of any and all continued makes an attempt to discredit it on false grounds.