Group behind Pegasus spyware building software to track Covid-19

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Group behind Pegasus spyware building software to track Covid-19

Apr 03, 2020 15:10 IST

Known for its Pegasus spyware that allows remote surveillance of smartphones, NSO Group Technologies from Israel may be providing its government with spyware to track people inside its borders. The move is reportedly in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus in Israel that has over 6,800 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Earlier in the week, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet confirmed that the administration was working on approving a new software to track citizens and enforce social distancing norms. Israel is reportedly already using phone location data from cell towers and card payment records to track people and prevent large gatherings. Sources claim the software tool in question traces a person's every step and analyzes their movements to assign a rating between 1 and 10 based on the likelihood they may be carrying the virus.

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