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Pegasus: How it hacks phones and spies for NSO clients

Thousands of activists, journalists and officials have been targeted by the Israeli company's spyware. Here's how it got on their phones, and what it was able to do
Pegasus is able to access messages, photos and locations data, as well as take recordings on a phone's camera and microphone (MEE)

An investigation led by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International has revealed that thousands of journalists, activists and officials have had their phones targeted or hacked using Pegasus, spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group.

NSO claims its products are used to target terrorists. Yet the company's clients - including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Morocco, India and Hungary - have used the softwate to monitor their critics and adversaries.

Here's how it works: