"This is a very important event ... We are trying to understand its full significance," said one anonymous official at Maariv News.
A spokesperson for the Israeli prime minister's office declined to comment on whether a task force was set up.
Project Pegasus, a media consortium comprising the Guardian, Washington Post, Die Zeit, Suddeutsche Zeitung and Le Monde, has revealedHowever, government clients around the world have used hacking software developed and sold by NSO to target human rights activists, journalists and lawyers.
The investigation was based on a forensic analysis of the phones and analyzes of a massive 50,000 phone number leak. The fact that a number is on the list does not in any way indicate whether that number was selected for monitoring using Pegasus or whether it was infiltrated with NSO software. The list does not identify who put the numbers on it or how many were targeted or compromised.
In several statements, NSO has denied that the list was purely to for monitoring purposes.
"This is not a list of targets or potential targets of NSO customers, and your repeated reliance on this list and associating people on this list as potential surveillance targets isIt's not false and misleading, ”NSO said. The company said it may be part of a larger list of numbers that could have been used by NSO Group customers "for other purposes ".
But the list is meant to provide information on people identified as persons of interest by government clients of the ONS. It includes people whose phones have shown traces of NSO's phone hacking spyware, Pegasus, according to a forensic analysis of their devices.
L The wider investigation of Project Pegasus revealed that NSO has close ties to the Israeli state , and in 2017 received explicit permission from the Israeli government to try to sell the hacking tools to Saudi Arabia in the part of a deal worth at least $ 55 milliondollars.
The 10 countries that the leak analysis and forensic analysis of the phones suggest they used the technology, which includes India and Hungary , all have commercial relations with Israel or diplomatic relations which have improved in recent years. NSO refuses to confirm or deny which governments it sells its technology to, but says its tools are only intended for carefully vetted military, intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
The Pegasus project reporting marks an early diplomatic crisis for Israel 's new ideologically
In addition to activists, lawyers and journalists, the 13 other heads of state and government .
L The appearance of a number on the
However, on Tuesday it appeared that the iPhone by François de Rugy , then French Minister of the EnvironmentHer number was on the list, showing digital traces of activity associated with Pegasus, according to a forensic analysis of the phone conducted by A Security Laboratory of mnesty International.
Analysis showed the advent of an iMessage search related to Pegasus, in July 2019. It occurred fifteen seconds after his number appeared in the
An ONS spokesperson said Macron, De Rugy and other French ministers whose numbers appear in the data "do not are not and never were targets of Pegasus ". "This is not a list of targets or potential targets of NSO clients, " they added.
NSO lawyers have repeatedly insisted that the
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan are also listed in the data, which includes diplomats, leaders military and senior politicians from 34 countries.
NSO states that its government clients are contractually obligated to use their technology only for legitimate crime investigations and terrorism, but he admits that clients may have misused the software.
In his only public comments since the launch of Project Pegasus, Shalev Hulio, the Founder and CEO of NSO, said he continued to dispute that the leaked ed data "has any relevance to NSO ", but added that he was "very concerned " about the reports and has promised to investigate them all. "We understand that in certain circumstances our customers may abuse the system "he said.