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Brazilians have reasons for concern over Pegasus spyware affair

New revelations by Amnesty International shed light on spyware technology. Though Brazil is not directly implicated, there are suspicions that authorities sought out its services in the past

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Two weeks ago, Amnesty International and a consortium of media outlets revealed that over 50,000 phone numbers were targets of possible surveillance by Pegasus, a spyware developed by Israeli tech firm NSO Group. The list of targets includes the families of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist killed in 2018 — in what is believed to have been an assassination ordered by the Saudi government —, as well as Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Mexican president.

Pegasus “gives clients access to the entirety of a phone’s contents and can even remotely access the camera and microphone,” according...

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