Interview with CEO of Israeli spyware-maker NSO
An Israeli company licenses software around the world that can crack just about any smartphone, but is its use always on the side of good? CEO of Israeli spyware-maker NSO on fighting terror, Khashoggi murder, and Saudi Arabia An Israeli company licenses software around the world that can crack just about any smartphone, but is its use always on the side of good?
Tonight we’ll take you inside the growing, shadowy global market of cyber-espionage. We looked specifically at a controversial Israeli company called the NSO Group, valued at nearly a billion dollars, that says it developed a hacking tool that can break into just about any smartphone on earth. As we first reported in March, NSO licenses this software, called Pegasus, to intelligence and law enforcement agencies worldwide, so they can infiltrate the encrypted phones and apps of criminals and terrorists.
Problem is, this same tool can also be deployed by a government to crush dissent. And so it is that Pegasus has been linked to human rights abuses, unethical surveillance, and even to the notoriously brutal murder of the Saudi Arabian critic Jamal Khashoggi.