Israeli spyware program helping South Sudan government to spy on dissidents

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October 21st 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – An Israeli spyware program is being used by the South Sudan government to spy on its dissidents it sees as threat to its existence according to a report publish on Friday by a Israeli Newspaper, the Haaretz.

According to the Newspaper, a spy company has sold most dangerous spy programs to the South Sudan government among other dictatorships in the world to spy on dissidents voices in its politics.

According to the report, a company known as NSO had developed a program called ‘Pegasus’ to track individuals by mobile phones by sending a text message to a cell phone on a subject of interest to the recipient and ask him to open the attached link.

Once the link is opened the program begins spying without interruption and this program developed by the company, based in the Israeli city of Herzlia, is the most accessible spyware program in the world.

The report said that 80% of the founders and employees of Israeli spy companies are demobilized from the eavesdropping 8200 and military intelligence units in the Israeli army.

The report said all the Israeli spy companies are backed and or owned mostly by the Israeli government, a leading producer of spyware program. The report said the spyware companies are used to spy on activists and opponents.

A report by several media houses and human rights groups have said that Israel is among leading spyware producing states in the world and these products are always sold to countries ruled by dictators including those with not ties to Israel.

The in-depth probe by Haaretz, published on Friday, revealed a number of secretive firms specializing in snooping on smartphones and laptops had sold systems to Bahrain, South Sudan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Nigeria, Botswana, Mexico, Azerbaijan—and more.