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Israeli-made spyware used to entrap human rights activists in Mexico

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The NSO Group has yet to publicly acknowledge or condemn how Mexico is abusing the software

Software sold by an Israeli software company is apparently being used to target human rights activists, journalists and their families in Mexico.

Those targeted include a professor writing anti-corruption legislation, two of the country's most prominent reporters, and lawyers investigating drug cartel-related kidnappings, the New York Times reported.

The Israeli cyber-arms manufacturer, NSO Group, sold about $80 million worth of spyware to the Mexican government, reported the Times on Monday.

Cyber-security is a major industry for Israel, with many army intelligence veterans going on to hone their skills in the private sector. At least 10 other Israeli companies operate in the field, some of which garner multi-million dollar revenues.

The Israeli company told the New York Times that it sells the tool to governments with an explicit guarantee that the software be used in counter-terrorism or counter-drug trade operations.



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