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  1. Feb 2022
    1. NSO's pegasus software is more than the most powerful Internet spying tool. It is also Israel's important diplomatic asset.

      New York Times provides comprehensive story around Pegasus, including history of development, how it works and how it is exported from Israel in close coordination with government.

      This article argues that Israel managed to gain diplomatic concessions from a few countries as a part of deal for selling Pegasus. For Panama, Hungary, Mexico, Bahrein India, and U.A.E. purchase of Pegasus coincided with pro-Israeli diplomatic moves of these countries including voting in the UN and strengthening bilateral relations.

      However, the NSO's international future became uncertain in November as the U.S. the Department of Commerce added NSO added to its black list for activities “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.” It will have far-reaching consequences for business partners and potential buyers of Pegasus and other NSO platforms and tools.


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