Amazon no longer provides cloud services to Israeli company NSO Group.
The American tech company announced this to international media after it became known that software from NSO Group was used by various governments to eavesdrop on journalists, activists and business people.
NSO makes espionage software that makes use of vulnerabilities in the software on which mobile phones run. Sold to select governments and law enforcement agencies, the Pegasus program can penetrate smartphones and secretly record emails, calls and text messages. That wrote
The Washington Post
and media partners such as
So far, 50,000 numbers have been leaked from people being tracked with the spyware.
For example, the fiancée of the murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi was monitored.
Also on the list are more than 180 journalists from news organizations such as
Voice of America
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
The Financial Times
NSO states that the investigation is full of errors.
The company says it is even considering legal action.
The media organizations have announced that they will make more disclosures about NSO in the coming days.
See also: Why Pegasus spy software has been controversial for years