NSO spyware found on mobile phones of US government workers

Software from the Israeli company NSO called Pegasus has been found on the smartphones of several US government employees.

Nine are reportedly involved, but it would not be surprising if the actual number is higher. It has not been disclosed precisely on whose mobile phones the spy software was discovered.

About NSO and Pegasus

Pegasus or NSO is malware that was discovered in the middle of 2019. It’s based on the iPhone jailbreaking tool “Pegasus” leaked by an Israeli company called NSO Group.

According to The New York Times, NSO Group Technologies is a leading developer of powerful mobile cyber-espionage tools. Founded in 2010 by Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio, the company’s flagship product Pegasus has been used by intelligence agencies and law enforcement in over 30 countries worldwide.