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Spyware can make your phone your enemy. Journalism is your defence | Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud

The Pegasus project poses urgent questions about the privatisation of the surveillance industry and the lack of safeguards for citizens

Today, for the first time in the history of modern spying, we are seeing the faces of the victims of targeted cyber-surveillance. This is a worldwide scandala global web of surveillance whose scope is without precedent.

The attack is invisible. Once “infected”, your phone becomes your worst enemy. From within your pocket, it instantly betrays your secrets and delivers your private conversations, your personal photos, nearly everything about you. This surveillance has dramatic, and in some cases even life-threatening, consequences for the ordinary men and women whose numbers appear in the leak because of their work exposing the misdeeds of their rulers or defending the rights of their fellow citizens.

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