Israeli spyware found on six Palestinian activists’ phones

Spyware from Israeli hacking firm NSO Group was discovered Monday on six phones belonging to Palestinian activists.

The discovery marks the first time Palestinian activists have been targeted by the military-grade spyware known as Pegasus. A Pegasus infection gives hackers access to everything stored on a phone, including real-time communications, the Associated Press reported.

Half the phones hacked by the company belonged to activists affiliated with groups Israel deemed as terrorists last month. It is currently unclear who hired the group to hack the six phones, as NSO Group is a hacker-for-hire company,
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