The spyware giant NSO Group claimed that a list of 50,000 phone numbers, which is the basis of a series of explosive stories about alleged abuses by its customers, has nothing to do with the company or its customers.
“We will state again: The list is not a list of targets or potential targets of Pegasus. The numbers in the list are not related to NSO group. Any claim that a name in the list is necessarily related to a Pegasus target or Pegasus potential target is erroneous and false," an NSO spokesperson said.
In the last few days, a group of news outlets from all over the world, including The Washington Post and the Guardian have published several stories detailing new alleged abuses of NSO's spyware in several countries, including India , Hungary , Rwanda , and others. These stories are based on a leaked list of more than 50,000 phone numbers, which are alleged to be people of interest to NSO's customers.
Amnesty's security lab analyzed 37 smartphones included in the list, and found evidence that they were either hacked or targeted with NSO's spyware.