Private Israeli military-grade spy software was used to hack dozens of smartphones belonging to reporters, human rights activists, business executives, and also the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered Saudi journalist. The information was revealed by an investigation made by the Washington Post and 16 other news organizations.
The investigation discovered that the hacked phones were on a list of more than 50,000 numbers based in countries known to surveil people. The list of phone numbers was shared with news organizations by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based journalism nonprofit, and with human rights group Amnesty International.
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