Saudi Arabia Rejects Allegations of Using Pegasus Spyware

Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement in the use of the Pegasus spyware to spy on its population, Saudi media reported, citing the kingdom’s government.

In an official statement, Riyadh said that the principles guided by the country’s leadership “are firm and in no way connected with the activities mentioned by the media.”

The co-founder and head of the Israeli firm NSO Group, Shalev Hulio, said that the Pegasus spyware developed by his company wasn’t used to spy on “representatives of civil society.”

“The reports that circulated in the media about the alleged use of the spyware program by the Kingdom are completely unfounded,” said an unnamed Saudi official.

According to the Saudi official, Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with what was mentioned in various different media reports.

On July 18, the French-based NGO Forbidden Stories and 17 media outlets around the world published an investigation alleging that several countries, including Saudi Arabia, could have potentially spied on at least 50,000 people around the world with the help of the Israeli Pegasus spyware, developed by the NSO Group.

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