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The case of spying on all Indian celebrities through Israeli spy software ‘Pegasus’ came to light last year. Cell phones of about three dozen journalists and activists in El Salvador have been hacked since mid-2020, according to a Canadian research firm. One of these is adware, which is usually only available to governments and law enforcement. Many journalists and activists whose cell phones were loaded with spy software have been accused of corruption. According to Reuters, Citizen Lab discovered the alleged hack late last year. The solution was found Was. The lab studies adware at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Human rights group Amnesty International assisted Citizen Labs in the investigation.

Citizen Labs says it has received evidence of phone intrusions between July 2020 and November 2021. However, the lab says it cannot say who received the Pegasus on the phones of journalists and activists in El Salvador. Countries around the world have purchased this software. Many of them have used it to spy on their journalists.

Citizen Lab released a report on its findings on Wednesday.

At the same time, in a statement to Reuters, the communications office of El Salvador’s President Naib Bukele said that the El Salvador government was not a customer of NSO Group Technologies, the company that developed Pegasus. The government is said to be investigating the alleged hacking. The government has said that he and his officials were also victims of the spying.

Pegasus enters any phone, it steals encrypted messages, photos, contacts, documents and other sensitive information from the phone.

NSO Group keeps its customer list confidential. He declined to say whether El Salvador was a Pegasus customer. The company said in a statement that it sells its products only to legitimate intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies. The NSO has said it does not condone those who misuse adware to monitor activists and journalists. The contracts of some of the customers who did so have also been terminated.

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