Officials from the defence ministry visited the company’s offices near Tel Aviv on Wednesday, 국방부장관과 동시에, 베니 간츠, 페가수스의 계시가 그의 프랑스 상대와 논의하기 위해 미리 계획된 파리 방문을 위해 도착했습니다..
The French president, 에마뉘엘 마크롱, is one of the highest profile figures whose phone numbers appeared on a leaked database of 50,000 numbers that are believed to have been selected as candidates for possible surveillance by clients of NSO.
He spoke to the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, last week to stress the importance of “properly investigating” the project’s findings.
Early media reports described the moves on NSO’s offices as a raid, 그러나 회사는 성명에서 당국이 건물을 급습하지 않고 "방문"했다고 밝혔다.. NSO는 민감한 사이버 수출품의 상업적 수출을 감독하는 국방부 관리들이 검사를 할 것이라는 사실을 사전에 통보받았다고 말했다.. "이 회사는 이스라엘 당국과 완전히 투명하게 협력하고 있습니다.,” it added.
The defence ministry said in a tweet that the visit conducted by several state bodies was related to disclosures stemming from the Pegasus project – a consortium of 17 media outlets, including the Guardian, which revealed last week that government clients around the world have used the hacking software sold by NSO to target human rights activists, journalists and lawyers.
NSO has said in multiple statements that the fact a phone number appeared on the leaked database was in no way indicative of whether it was selected for surveillance using Pegasus. “The list is not a list of Pegasus targets or potential targets,"회사는 말했다. “The numbers in the list are not related to NSO Group in any way.”
유출된 목록에 숫자가 표시되어 있다고 해서 해킹이 시도되거나 성공한 것은 아닙니다.. But the list is believed to provide insights into those identified as persons of interest by NSO’s clients. It includes people whose phones showed traces of NSO’s signature phone-hacking spyware, according to forensic analysis of their devices. The analysis was conducted by Amnesty International’s security lab, which discovered traces of Pegasus-related activity on 37 out of 67 phones that it analysed. NSO has said Macron was not a “target” of any of its customers, meaning the company denies there was any attempted or successful Pegasus infection of his phone.
As the scale of the disclosures has become clearer, diplomatic pressure has mounted on Israel to explain the nature of the relationship between NSO and the state under the tenure of former prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The wider Pegasus project investigation found that the Israeli government gave NSO explicit permission in 2017 to try to sell the hacking tools to Saudi Arabia in a deal reportedly worth at least $55m.
Gantz told the French defence minister, Florence Parly, on Wednesday that Israel was investigating the matter “with the utmost seriousness”, according to a statement from the Israeli defence ministry.
Ahead of their Paris meeting, French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Parly was keen to “question her counterpart about the knowledge the Israeli government had of the activities of NSO’s clients” and what measures would be put in place “to prevent a misuse of these tools that are highly intrusive”.
The Israeli defence establishment has, 하나, appointed a review commission made up of several government bodies to examine whether policy changes are needed regarding exports of cyber-surveillance technologies.