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Phone with an eye on it.

The NSO Group creates a spyware called Pegasus which gives someone access to the data on a mobile phone. They sell this spyware to government agencies around the world. How is it used and what kind of company is the NSO Group?

Thanks to John Scott-Railton and Citizen Lab for investigating this and sharing their research.


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JACK: Hey, I can’t believe we made it to Episode 100. Seriously, I couldn’t have done it without all the support from my listeners so truly, thank you so much for tuning in. This has been amazing and I can’t wait to see what the next 100 episodes brings. Okay, so real quick before we get started, this is the second part of a two-part episode. If you haven’t already, go back and listen to the episode just before this, number 99, called The Spy. [MUSIC] There’s this malware called Magic Lantern and I find it fascinating. It usually infects a computer through an e-mail attachment. You get the e-mail which says to open the attachment and when you do, zang; your computer is infected. What Magic Lantern does is it records your keystrokes and sends everything you type back to a central system so the hackers can see everything you type. Now, of course with a keystroke logger like this, it can pick up any message you send to people; private chats and of course, your passwords. So, who’s this shady hacking group that uses Magic Lantern?

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