The use of spyware by governments has become a global problem, to the point that the United Nations Organization has called for governments to stop using them until a series of regulations are implemented to ensure that this type of software does not violate human rights.
In a official statement, the UN said that an independent group of human rights experts has been monitoring events with Israeli-made Pegasus surveillance software. And in the opinion of these experts, it is necessary for the states to stop the commercialization of these products since systems like Pegasus itself are being used to “monitor, intimidate and silence journalists, political opponents of the government and defenders of human rights.”
The UN also adds that the only way that this type of software can be used safely is for the various countries to create and implement laws that “ensure protection against illegal surveillance, invasion of privacy and threats to fundamental freedoms such as liberty. of expression and of meeting ”.
These United Nations statements are given within the framework of what was revealed by The Guardian, The Washington Post Y Le Monde: Pegasus, the software from the NSO company, was used to tap the phones of various public interest actors from various governments. In total, it was determined that more than 50,000 phones were hacked and spied on, with access to contacts, messages and other sensitive data.
The fact was condemned to such a level that the NSO itself suspended the use of Pegasus in some countries, for which they considered that it was an improper use of the tool. In turn, Amnesty International even launched a tool for public use to determine if a device had been tampered with with the software.