Senator demands deep probe into spyware-for-cops after NSO Group touts hacking toolkit to American plod - 2020-05-13

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F28.png Senator demands deep probe into spyware-for-cops after NSO Group touts hacking toolkit to American plod May 13, 2020, Kieren McCarthy, The Register

Updated A prominent senator has called for "aggressive oversight" into the sale of hacking-and-spying tools to police forces in America.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) was reacting to Vice's discovery of a brochure by Westbridge Technologies – the US sales wing of the controversial NSO Group – which pitched NSO's Pegasus technology, rebadged as Phantom, to a police force in San Diego, California. This is despite NSO claiming in court filings two weeks ago that it had no US presence.

"Government hacking is among the most invasive forms of surveillance – tracking someone's movements, turning on their webcam and microphone, or accessing photos and other sensitive data on a phone or computer," Wyden said in a statement to The Register.

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{{cite news | first = Kieren | last = McCarthy | title = Senator demands deep probe into spyware-for-cops after NSO Group touts hacking toolkit to American plod | url = https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/13/senator_police_spyware_nso/ | work = The Register | date = May 13, 2020 | accessdate = May 18, 2020 }}