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Report: Spyware used to target journalists, activists and world leaders

Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO Group's hacking software has been used to spy on heads of state, journalists, activists and lawyers across the world, per an investigation by 17 news organizations and nonprofits, published Sunday.

Why it matters: Authoritarian governments and others have used this spyware "to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale," with 50,000 phone numbers of targets leaked — including the family of slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, alleges rights group Amnesty International, which helped conduct the research. NSO called the report "false."

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