Why the global spread of eavesdropping technology is terrible?


 In the monarchy, the king's phone can also be monitored round the clock. Again, his security forces can do the same thing on the phone of the king's prime minister. The list of half a million telephone numbers leaked to Forbidden Stories indicates that this may have happened in the case of Morocco, no matter how unbelievable it may sound. 


The list goes on to say that the most talked about NSO group cell phone technology in Israel is the potential target of customers of Pegasus. The list was researched by more than 80 journalists from 17 news organizations in 10 countries. 


The security lab of the human rights organization Amnesty International has done a technical test of the information found in the investigation. And the Canadian Citizen Lab has verified the results of that test.


The list includes not only King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his prime minister; There are at least 14 heads of state and government, including French President Emmanuel Macron, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Iraqi President Barham Salih and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.


 The list also includes the phone of World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
R . Journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and dissidents have also been monitored using Pegasus spyware.


The penetration of this Pegasus has been confirmed on the phones of at least 180 journalists around the world. The spyware was originally used by the governments of the authoritarian countries. 


This is not the first time that Edward Snowden has leaked phone scams in the United States and the United Kingdom. It was part of the government's espionage. Pegasus is completely different in this case. It is a private company business and has no accountability.

In the wake of the political backlash around the world over the recent phone surveillance, the NSO claimed in an explanation that at least three of them — the French president, the king of Morocco and the director general of the World Health Organization had never been targeted. 


The statement did not rule out a list of 50,000 telephone numbers; Similarly, the other people whose names have been mentioned, the goal that they had, was not ruled out. The statement did not prove that the French president, the king of Morocco and the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) did not target any NSO customers and that their phones were not monitored as unlisted.


Investigators say the Moroccan spyware was inserted into the French president's telephone. The NSO claims that they sell Pegasus to the government and law enforcement agencies only on the condition that they use this technological capability to fight terrorism and crime. 

When Pegasus aims to hand over to Morocco the king and prime minister of that country and the heads of state and journalists of another country, it becomes clear how dangerous this surveillance power is. There is a possibility that the security forces exercising this power are beyond the control of the king and the prime minister, the government.


 It is almost impossible to say for sure that they did not even act as a third force outside the country. Investigators have similarly said that India had inserted spyware into the telephone of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.

 India has not denied it. Its impact on the politics of the subcontinent is far-reaching, and it is fairly certain that India's other neighbors will be concerned about the news.

Citizen Lab had previously leaked information about the illegal abuse of Pegasus under the watchful eye of 36 journalists of Al Jazeera and several Indian journalists. It is alleged that the journalists were being monitored through WhatsApp security, which is considered reliable for secure communication.


 Facebook, the proprietor of WhatsApp, then filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court, in which four of the world's top technology companies, Microsoft, Google, Cisco and Dell, sued in December last year. 


The court rejected the NSO's objection to its involvement in the case. French Reporters sans Frontières (RSF), a global organization of journalists, has also backed the case, calling the NSO a predator.


Since the rule of law remains elusive without effective democracy, there is no remedy for violating the constitutional guarantee of protecting personal privacy. The question is what will happen to this abuse at all.

The British newspaper Guardian reported on July 21 in a separate report that Israel would investigate the NSO's activities and the nature of the Israeli state's relationship with the NSO, as part of a joint investigation into the global scale of misuse of the NSO technology by Pegasus. 

Of these, the second report, Pegasus Project Turns Spotlight on Spyware Firm NSO's Ties to Israel State, is particularly significant. The information that came up in the report, they are 


1. NSO cannot sell any technology to any country or customer without the export approval of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and the reason for which the approval has been granted is a matter of state confidentiality; 

2. It has also been sold to countries that do not have diplomatic relations; 

3. Such exports are allowed following the state policy of establishing diplomatic relations through the establishment of trade relations, which has led to a number of Saudi Arabian Acquired Pegasus years ago; 

4. The Israeli government's decision in such an endorsement is final, according to the words of the then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Hungary in 2016. "The market fixes everything, I am controlling the market directly but the only place I intervene is cyber security," he told in a news conference. 


5. Pegasus was exported soon after Netanyahu's official visits to Hungary and India; . The Americans also believe that most of the entrepreneurial managers of the NSO are former members of the Israeli intelligence service and have access to or have access to all the information gathered through eavesdropping. The NSO, however, denied it.

NSO and Pegasus are not the only eavesdropping technology products in Israel. Earlier, an investigation by Al-Jazeera claimed that Bangladesh had also bought the eavesdropping technology on its mobile phone and that it was bought from Hungary but mainly from Israel's Pixix company. 

Mentioning that Bangladesh does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, the Bangladesh Army said at the time that the army had bought the technology from Hungary for UN peacekeeping missions. However, the UN peacekeeping mission said it would not allow Bangladesh to use any such technology in its work.

 Then in March, the Israeli newspapers Haaretz and Al-Jazeera quoted a case in an Israeli court as saying that Pixix and Selbright were selling eavesdropping equipment in Bangladesh. The case was filed seeking a ban on the approval of the export. 


A lawsuit was also filed in an Israeli court in August last year against the export of Selbright's technology to Hong Kong and Belarus, arguing that it would be used to suppress Democrats. 


The eavesdropping equipment collected in Bangladesh, however, is capable of being monitored on many mobile phones at the same time, in which the phone information of a particular person can also be infiltrated selectively.

 And the Pegasus is just a secret technical tool for surveillance of a specific person, which the Washington Post has called a weapon of military quality.

Of the 50,000 telephone leaks leaked for Pegasus infection or covert infiltration, no Bangladeshi name has yet been mentioned. However, Bangladesh was one of the 45 countries that Citizen Lab identified in September 2016 as operating Pegasus (Source: Hide and Seek: Tracking NSO Groups Pegasus Spyware to Operations in 45 Countries). 

Probably the biggest fight in the world over the illegal violation of the right to privacy by eavesdropping on the phone is probably happening in India. Because after the rise of BJP and the consolidation of power of Narendra Modi in the country known as the largest democracy in the world, there are allegations at home and abroad that authoritarianism is emerging.

 In the national elections of 2019 and the recent elections in the state of West Bengal, the information of the contestants and the eavesdropping on the phones of the journalists has made everyone quite nervous.

In Bangladesh, however, it is normal that there is no such response. How can one be surprised at the amount of eavesdropping that has taken place over the past decade? To date, no investigation has been launched into the leak of the Leader of the Opposition's phone conversation with the Prime Minister. 


It is difficult to count how many phone conversations of political leaders have been leaked since then. Recent evidence that journalists have not been left out has also been found in private family conversations; The purpose of which is to stop investigative journalism. Even the police themselves have been the victims of eavesdropping. 

Since the rule of law remains elusive without effective democracy, there is no remedy for violating the constitutional guarantee of protecting personal privacy. The question is, will this abuse of technology be ended at all?

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