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Dubai princess’ quantity on Pegasus adware listing

Dubai princess' number on Pegasus spyware list

The cellphone variety of Emirati Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler who has accused her household of holding her towards her will, appeared on a leaked listing of greater than 50,000 numbers that had been reportedly chosen as potential targets by shoppers of NSO Group. A number of the princess’ buddies numbers had been additionally on the listing. 

The Israeli cybersurveillance agency is below hearth after a sweeping joint investigation printed by 17 media shops revealed that the smartphones of journalists, politicians, activists and even heads of state could have been hacked by NSO Group’s Pegasus software program, which researchers say provides customers entry to a cellphone’s contents and the power to remotely entry its digicam and microphone.

Analysis from Citizen Lab, the College of Toronto’s digital watchdog that collaborated on the investigation, signifies the United Arab Emirates was a consumer of NSO Group when Latifa tried to flee in 2018. 

The whereabouts and well-being of Latifa, the daughter of Emirati Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, stay a thriller. Earlier this 12 months, the BBC’s “Panorama” program aired a collection of movies throughout which Latifa claimed to be held “hostage” by her household with out entry to medical assist or the power to get recent air. 

After the Emirati authorities mentioned in February the princess was being “cared for at dwelling,” a picture surfaced in June on social media that appeared to indicate Latifa on trip in Spain. In Might, she was additionally photographed at a mall in Dubai. The marketing campaign for her launch has been suspended.

She hadn’t been seen publicly since her failed escape from the UAE in February 2018. Latifa had hoped to hunt asylum in the US by crossing into Oman and crusing throughout the Indian Ocean on a US-flagged yacht to India, and from there she would board a flight for the US. However simply over every week into her escape, the ship was intercepted in worldwide waters by Indian commandos and Emirati particular forces, who forcibly returned Latifa to Dubai. 

In accordance with The Washington Put up, Latifa’s cellphone quantity and people of her buddies appeared on the listing within the hours and days after she went lacking. The leaked data present that Latifa and her buddy Tiina Jauhiainen had already ditched their telephones in Dubai and had run away by the point their numbers confirmed up on the listing. The Put up notes that with out analyzing Latifa’s cellphone, it’s inconceivable to know whether or not it was efficiently surveilled utilizing the Pegasus adware.  

NSO Group mentioned in a press release the numbers on the listing will not be these of targets or potential targets and that “repeated reliance on this listing and affiliation of the individuals on this listing as potential surveillance targets is fake and deceptive.”

The investigation additionally confirmed the cellphone numbers of Princess Haya and her associates had been added to the listing in early 2019. The youngest of Sheikh Mohammed’s six wives, Princess Haya fled to London with the couple’s two younger youngsters in April 2019 after reportedly fearing for her life in Dubai.

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