Unregulated Israeli spyware is a global threat, experts warn



Israel’s surveillance of Palestinians and the hacking of several aid workers’ phones have highlighted the transnational threat of unregulated Israeli spyware, experts said on Thursday.

During a panel hosted by the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), experts and digital rights advocates noted that the case of targeting Palestinians is not unique and that spyware created by Israeli software companies has been used by a number of countries around the world.

“All of the news surrounding the NSO group, since 2016, but especially in the past few months, has really demonstrated – for people who are paying attention to it – the complete lack of international regulation on the use of so many of these surveillance technologies,” said Sophia Goodfriend, a researcher at the Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, known as 7amleh.

SOURCE: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-unregulated-spyware-global-threat-say-experts

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