The Zionist entity secretly authorized a group of cyber-surveillance firms to work for the government of Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of the kingdom’s abuse of surveillance software to crush dissent...
Ahlulbayt News Agency: The Zionist entity secretly authorized a group of cyber-surveillance firms to work for the government of Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of the kingdom’s abuse of surveillance software to crush dissent, even after the Saudi killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, government officials and others familiar with the contracts said.
After Khashoggi’s 2018 murder, one of the firms, NSO Group, canceled its contracts with Saudi Arabia amid accusations that its hacking tools were being misused to abet heinous crimes.
The Zionist government, however, encouraged NSO and two other companies to continue working with Saudi Arabia, and issued a new license for a fourth to do similar work, according to one senior ‘Israeli’ official and three people affiliated with the companies.
Since then, Saudi Arabia has continued to use the spyware to monitor dissidents and political opponents.
The fact that the Zionist government has encouraged its private companies to do security work for the kingdom is yet more evidence of the reordering of traditional alliances in the region and the strategy by the Tel Aviv regime and several Gulf countries to join forces against Iran.
NSO is by far the best known of the ‘Israeli’ firms, largely because of revelations in the last few years that its Pegasus program was used by numerous governments to spy on, and eventually imprison, human rights activists.
NSO sold Pegasus to Saudi Arabia in 2017. The kingdom used the spyware as part of a ruthless campaign to crush dissent inside the kingdom and to hunt down Saudi dissidents abroad.
It is not publicly known whether Saudi Arabia used Pegasus or other ‘Israeli’-made spyware in the plot to kill Khashoggi. NSO has denied that its software was used.
The Zionist war ministry also licensed for Saudi work a company called Candiru, which Microsoft accused last week of helping its government clients spy on more than 100 journalists, politicians, dissidents and human rights advocates around the world.