The New York Times reported that the Israeli occupation government secretly allowed a group of electronic surveillance companies to work for the Saudi government. Despite international condemnation of Riyadh’s use of these programs to crush dissent and the killing of Khashoggi.
In the details, the American newspaper revealed that the Israeli government encouraged the “NSO” company and two additional companies to work with Saudi Arabia.
It also granted a new license to a fourth company to do similar work, overriding human rights concerns, according to a senior Israeli official and three Prime Time Zone linked to Saudi Arabia.
Israel has authorized NSO, Candiru, Verint and Quadream to work with Saudi Arabia, and the latter two companies were granted authorization after Khashoggi’s murder, according to the report.
The New York Times pointed out that a fifth Israeli company called Cellebrite is working with Saudi Arabia to sell spyware on mobile phones, but without official approval from the Israeli government.
Israeli Ministry of Defense
The newspaper quoted the Israeli Ministry of Defense that it will cancel any license to sell software to Saudi Arabia to infiltrate mobile phones, if it is proven that the software was used in violation of human rights.
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She added that NSO informed the consulting firm that was appointed to look into its role in Khashoggi’s killing, that the Israeli government encouraged it to “withstand the storm and continue its work in Saudi Arabia.”
They also said Israeli officials told them that the Trump administration also wanted the company to continue working with Riyadh.
NSO decided to cancel the “Picasos” system for spying on mobile phones after it was exposed that it was used to spy on the journalists of the Qatari “Al-Jazeera” channel and other journalists.
But it recently returned to announce new deals with Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed bin Salman and Netanyahu
The New York Times also noted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had secretly met several times with former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He also met with intelligence officials from the two countries on a regular basis, and the issuance of licenses for these companies was thanks to these direct relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, according to the report.
The British Guardian newspaper had published a report on the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in hacking the phones of dozens of Al Jazeera journalists in an unprecedented cyber attack.
The Guardian inquired at the time from the “NSO” group – a technology company in Israel that produces the Pegasus spy program – but the company again denied responsibility for those operations.
“We do not have access to any information regarding the identities of the individuals who use our system to conduct surveillance,” she said.
The Israeli company added that when it receives credible evidence of misuse of the program, it takes all necessary steps in accordance with the investigation procedures.
Since the spyware was able to penetrate the iPhone phones, Apple said – in a statement – that the attack was largely directed by governments against specific individuals.
Adding that it urges customers to always download the latest version of the software to protect themselves and their data.
The newspaper stated that the presenter of the “What is Hidden is Greater” program, Tamer Al-Mishal, was one of the targets of the hacking program, as well as the journalist of Al Arabi TV, Rania Al-Daridi.
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Al-Deridi told the Guardian she was shocked to discover this hack, as there was no private life anymore.
This program allows the hacker to see everything on the phone, including calls, photos and videos, and can turn on the microphone to eavesdrop as well.
She added that she plans to take legal action against the UAE, believing that she may be targeted because she raises sensitive topics in her program, or because she has a close colleague who is known to be an outspoken critic of the Saudi and UAE governments.
The newspaper pointed out that it asked the Saudi embassy in London and the UAE embassy in Washington for comment, but it did not receive any response.
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