Dissident friend of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi claims his phone was hacked

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A dissident friend of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi believes his phone was hacked by Saudi authorities who intercepted messages critical of the country's regime.

Khashoggi, 59, had sent messages to Saudi activist Omar Abdulaziz before his death through whatsapp.

Messages - Rest - Abdulaziz - Phone - Pegasus

However it later emerged that the messages were compromised along with the rest of Abdulaziz's phone, which had allegedly been infected by Pegasus, a powerful piece of malware designed to spy on its users.

Abdulaziz is now suing the creators of Pegasus, the Israel-based cyber company NSO Group, accusing them of violating international law by selling the software to oppressive regimes, CNN reported.

Mr - Khashoggi - October - Saudi - Consulate

Mr Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 when he went to the Saudi consulate in Turkey alongside fiancee Hatice Cengiz to obtain divorce papers from his previous marriage so he could remarry.

Turkey concluded that he had been killed soon after walking into the embassy and his body dismembered by a team of Saudi assassins.

Kingdom - Killing - Saudi - Story - Times

The Arab kingdom initially denied the killing. Saudi then changed its story several more times before finally acknowledging that he had been killed in a act of premeditated murder.

But Saudi denied accusations by the regime's critics that Bin Salman had given the order, instead blaming 'rogue elements' of the state.

Researchers - Citzen - Lab - Use - NSO

Researchers at the Citzen Lab have tracked the use of NSO Group's Pegasus software to 45 countries where operators 'may be conducting surveillance operations'.

This includes at least 10 Pegasus operators who 'appear to be actively engaged in cross-border surveillance'.

Citizen - Lab - Researchers - Abdulaziz - Message

Citizen Lab researchers claim that Abdulaziz received a text message disguised as a shipping update about a package he had just ordered.

The link, which Citizen Lab says it traced to a domain connected to Pegasus, led to Abdulaziz's phone becoming infected with the malware.

Software - Phone - Click - Link

The software, able to infect a phone after a single click on a link...
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