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A Notorious Spyware Firm Claims It Won't Help Hack UK Phones Anymore

NSO Group, the notorious Israeli spyware vendor, will no longer allow its clients to hack citizens of the United Kingdom, sources close to the company told The Guardian this week. The changes have been “hard-coded” into NSO’s infamous malware, Pegasus, and will make future targeting of UK-based phone numbers impossible, the sources claim.

Such abrupt changes have doubtlessly been spurred by a recent British hacking scandal involving Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the daughter of the king of Jordan and the former wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. After leaving Dubai and fleeing to London in 2019, Haya’s phone was hacked repeatedly at the behest of her ex-husband, Sheik Mohammed, while the former couple were involved in a child custody battle over their two children. Five of Haya’s associates were also hacked, including two of her attorneys. The case spilled out into public view again this week, when a British senior high court judge ruled that the hacking incident had occurred and that NSO’s malware had been involved.

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