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Israeli government to check Pegasus wiretapping in Azerbaijan

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BY INFORMATION SECTION

The Israeli government has set up a special commission in response to the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware scandal. As reports Azeri Daily, the Interdepartmental Commission is investigating allegations that spyware was used by the authorities of many countries to spy on opposition activists, journalists and politicians.

The Commission is chaired by the Israel National Security Council, which has a broader mandate than the Ministry of Defence, and includes high-level representatives of the military, intelligence and diplomatic structures.

Earlier, the Israeli Ministry of Defence announced that the export license issued to the NSO Group company would be cancelled if it was confirmed that the Pegasus program was used for other purposes.

It should be reminded that the Pegasus program was downloaded to more than a thousand phones in Azerbaijan as well. Among those whose phones were monitored were journalists, media executives, and human rights activists. The program monitors all operations performed on the smartphone, including phone calls, e-mails, user geolocation, including turning on the camera and microphone of the device without the user's knowledge.

It turned out that the program was downloaded to more than 50 thousand devices in 50 countries. Among those whose phones were being tracked were French President Emmanuel Macron, members of the French government.

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