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Snowden: the spyware market should be banned | Digital Trends Spanish

Edward Snowden has spoken out regarding Pegasus spyware surveillance of journalists and persons of concern. In an interview with The Guardian, the former US intelligence agent believes that the surveillance software market should be banned by governments.

“This is an industry that shouldn’t exist,” believes Snowden. “And if something is not done to stop the sale of this type of technology, soon there will no longer be 50,000 victims of surveillance. It’s going to be 50 million, and it’s going to happen much faster than we expect ”.

In Snowden’s view, one of the factors that facilitates remote surveillance through software like Pegasus is that all phones work the same no matter where in the world they are. “When we talk about an iPhone,” says Snowden, “we are talking about computers that run the same software everywhere. Therefore, if someone manages to break an iPhone, they can break any iPhone ”.

And in a more pessimistic tone, the activist believes that there are certain types of industries that are too powerful and against which ordinary users have no form of protection. “A legal market for nuclear weapons is not allowed,” says Snowden, in an analogy to what would have to happen with surveillance software. But for that to happen, those who have to act are the governments.

Pegasus software came to the fore after an investigation of it The Guardian next to Washington Post Y Le Monde, which revealed that Pegasus was used to tap the phones of journalists, executives and persons of concern for surveillance purposes.

In total, there were 50,000 phones identified and the most dangerous thing is that the NSO Group, the Israeli firm behind Pegasus, has as its main clients 10 countries, including Mexico, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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