A Saudi activist from Canada lawsuit in this week against a cybersecurity firm of Israel claiming that Saudi government used the spyware of the cybersecurity firm for hacking his cellphone and accessing controversial conversations which were conducted with Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
27 years old Omar Abdulaziz who is from Montreal registered a civil case against the NSO Group in Tel Aviv showing legal papers. The rival activist has said he came to know that his they hacked his phone in August, after two months of clicking on a corrupted link.
The project on the Citizen Lab in a University of Toronto that inspects digital spying targeted at civil society, ended with “high confidence” that the Saudi government trapped his cellphone using Pegasus spyware created by NSO.
Before being alerted that his phone had been hacked, Abdulaziz was in regular contact with Khashoggi, with whom he had a friendship. Khashoggi, the contributor to The Washington Post’s Global Opinions section and an analyst of the kingdom, was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2nd October by 15-man team members from Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia took a vital step dismissing two senior officials who were close to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the De Facto Ruler of the kingdom. The convicted officials who were involved with the brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi denies that the Crown Prince had knowledge of the operation.
The legal filing claims that the Israeli software authorizes Saudis to gain the information of secret conversations between Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Abdulaziz on projects they were working on. The elegant software allows the operator to gain all the information stored on it as well as to secret film or record of audio.
The court papers say, “The details of this collaboration were known to the authorities in the Kingdom through the Pegasus system ”.