Snowden calls for spyware trade ban amid Pegasus revelations

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Governments must impose a global moratorium on the international spyware trade or face a world in which no mobile phone is safe from state-sponsored hackers, Edward Snowden has warned in the wake of revelations about the clients of NSO Group. Snowden, who in 2013 blew the whistle on the secret mass surveillance programmes of the US National Security Agency, described for-profit malware developers as ‘an industry that should not exist.’ … NSO Group said in a series of statements that it rejected ‘false claims’ about the company and its clients, and said it did not have visibility over its clients[‘] use of Pegasus spyware. It said it only sold the software to vetted government clients, and that its technology had helped to prevent terrorism and serious crime.” [editor’s note: Selling spyware to criminal gangs like governments is the serious crime – TLK] (07/19/21)