NSO Spyware Targeted Bahraini, Jordanian Female Activists

A human rights organization, the Front Line Defenders (FLD) has reported that they discovered that the phones of Bahrain rights activists, Ebtisam al-Saegh and Jordanian lawyer Hala Ahed Deeb, were infected by Pegasus spyware developed by the Israeli NSO Group.

FDL in a statement said that the women are living in a state of daily anxiety and fear. “They are especially afraid of the possibility of exposing other female activists and victims they work with, and concerned that their families and friends are now at risk,” the statement added.

“I am simply no longer feeling safe using my smartphone,” Al-Saegh told Middle East Eye. “I now fear the worst and worry that the Bahrain government will be able to exploit my personal documents and family photos,” Al-Saegh added.

Al-Saegh has previously accused Bahrain’s security services of torturing and sexually assaulting her.

Al-Saegh’s phone was hacked eight times between August and November 2019 using NSO malware, it added.

Meanwhile, the United States in November placed Israel’s spyware maker NSO Group, the corporation behind the notorious Pegasus, on its list of restricted companies.

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