Pegasus: Which Middle East and North Africa figures are on the target list? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Pegasus: Which Middle East and North Africa figures are on the target list?

A list of more than 50,000 thousand numbers suggests numerous journalists, activists and politicians from the region could have been subject to spyware hacking

The revelations this week that the Pegasus surveillance software developed by Israel's NSO Group could have been used to hack around 50,000 phones has shocked much of the world.

Although NSO Group has repeatedly denied that its software is used to target dissidents and journalists - and has said the original Forbidden Stories report on the leaks had "no factual basis" - the appearance of the numbers of hundreds of reporters, activists, politicians and even heads of state among the list acquired by a consortium of journalists has been alarming for many.

In the Middle East and North Africa, where many states are no stranger to using repressive and invasive methods against their citizens, there have been numerous high-profile figures whose numbers are listed as targets.

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