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Israel surveillance exports to survive Pegasus scandal

Tuesday, July 27, 2021


The scandal exposed by the 'Pegasus Project' investigation has spotlighted Israel’s leveraging of capabilities in digital surveillance and other security-related technology to develop defence and commercial ties with many countries. Alleged abuses by foreign governments of the Pegasus spyware -- developed and sold by the Israeli company NSO Group -- has raised concerns about the threat to privacy and human rights from such surveillance.


  • The publicity surrounding the Pegasus spyware may enhance its standing with many potential clients impressed by its technological prowess.
  • Israel, long criticised for its Palestinian policy, will suffer more harm to its image for allowing spyware exports to problematic states.
  • The negative publicity will impede NSO from going public and raising private capital.

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