HRW Director Targeted with Pegasus

Human Rights Watch (HRW) official Lama Fakih was reportedly targeted five times last year with the Pegasus spyware. 

Fakih, director of the New York-based group’s Beirut office had her phone breached five times between April and August of 2021 by unknown actors. 

“I’ve sort of been caught up in this cycle of worry: Which government and why, and what did they access? This I thought again and again: What are they going to do with my data? And also I thought: I’ve been turned into this tool to undermine the rights of people,” said Fakih. 

Pegasus maker NSO Group has not yet disclosed their client list, making the search for the suspects who breached Fakih difficult.

According to NSO, it was “not aware of any active customer using [its] technology against a Human Rights Watch staff member” and that it would open an initial assessment into our allegation to determine if an investigation is warranted. 

NSO also claimed that it would take action if their software was used against a human rights defender which was reportedly against their policies. 


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