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Session 203

Pegasus, a mobile phone spyware, may have been used to monitor human rights activists and politicians around the world.

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News Review

Pegasus: Activists 'spied on'

A mobile phone spyware, known as Pegasus, that was intended to target criminals and terrorists, may have been used to monitor human rights activists and politicians around the world.

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The story

It's alleged human rights activists and politicians around the world may have been monitored using a mobile phone spyware intended to target criminals and terrorists.

A group of investigative journalists claims the Pegasus software, which has been sold to countries including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, has been widely misused. The software firm NSO strongly denies that and is considering legal action.

Key words and phrases

targets
chooses something to attack or pay attention to

  • The business has targeted a 5% increase in profits this year.
  • The footballer hit the target. The ball went straight into the goal.

hack
get unauthorised access into a system or computer

  • The computer system was hacked and personal data was stolen.
  • Here’s a great life hack - Put coffee grounds in the fridge to remove the smell.

rogue
describes behaviour that is unexpected or damaging

  • Trade restrictions were enforced after the rogue state tested a nuclear missile.
  • He’s a loveable rogue: very charming, but you can’t trust him!

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