Proyecto Pegasus

The Autocrat in Your iPhone

In the summer of 2020, a Rwandan plot to capture exiled opposition leader Paul Rusesabagina drew international headlines. Rusesabagina is best known as the human rights defender and U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who sheltered more than 1,200 Hutus and Tutsis in a hotel during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. But in the decades after the genocide, he also became a prominent U.S.-based critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. In August 2020, during a layover in Dubai, Rusesabagina was lured under false pretenses into boarding a plane bound for Kigali, the Rwandan capital, where government authorities immediately arrested him for his affiliation with an opposition group.…  Seguir leyendo »

‘NSO Group and its financiers are still profiting from facilitating targeted surveillance-related human rights violations.’ Photograph: Vesa Moilanen/Rex/Shutterstock

One year ago, the Pegasus project revealed the unlawful targeting of activists and human rights defenders by governments using controversial surveillance software sold by NSO Group.

The scale of the investigation – carried out by more than 80 journalists from 17 media organisations, including the Guardian, in 10 countries and coordinated by Forbidden Stories, with the technical support of Amnesty International – was shocking. The friends and family of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi were victims. Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi women’s rights activist, had been targeted. Even renowned heads of state – such as Emmanuel Macron, Imran Khan and Cyril Ramaphosa – were identified as targets.…  Seguir leyendo »

For years, the global spyware industry has operated in the shadows, exposed only by human rights organizations and journalists. The industry claims it’s in the business of fighting crime and terrorism. But its members often sell to governments that equate “criminal” and “terror” with “critic” and “dissent”.

Over the weekend, a global consortium of news organizations, including the Post, joined Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based journalism nonprofit, to reveal how hollow the claims of fighting crime and terror are. The consortium reports that Israel’s NSO Group has sold its marquee spyware, Pegasus, to clients that have deployed it against the very pillars of democratic life: press freedom, the presumption of innocence, privacy, and freedom of expression and association.…  Seguir leyendo »