UPDATED 9:25 AM PT – Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Joe Biden reportedly accepted donations from a spyware company, which targeted journalists and human rights activists.
NSO Group deployed Pegasus spyware back in 2019, which breached the privacy of 1,400 users on WhatsApp. This included political leaders, diplomats and reporters.
“The NSO Group in today’s world, based on the evidence we have, they are the worst of the worst in selling these burglary tools that are being actively, currently used to violate the human rights of dissidents, opposition figures, activists…to some pretty bad players,” explained National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden.
John Gallagher represented Q Cyber Technologies Ltd (a/k/a NSO Group Technologies Ltd.), an Israeli firm that makes spyware that has been used to target journalists & human-rights activists. https://t.co/kzUHfEiGFy
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) February 2, 2021
Critics have said NSO’s donations to Biden may encourage more illegal surveillance and violations of human rights going forward.