NSO Group of Pegasus Spyware wanted to access global signaling network

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According to a whistle-blowers confession, NSO Group offered millions of dollars in cash to a global telecom company to access a signaling network technically dubbed as SS7 that could then track individuals through their smart phones.

The whistle-blower who is yet to be questioned by the USS Department of Justice admitted on Thursday last week, that NSO had been dreaming of business expansion plans since 2017 and so was in a mindset to achieve its goal in malign ways.

Gary Miller, a Washington state based former mobile network executive of Mobileum, is the above said whistle-blower and he testified before Ted Lieu, the US congressional representative who then recorded the details and sent them to the department of justice in a sealed cover.

NSO has readily denied all the allegations and stated that it made no business agreement with Mobileum and has nothing to react to the disclosure of Miller and the US Department of Justice.

Remember, NSO Group is an Israeli company that has been put on the list of a trade ban by US President Joe Biden since November and so cannot buy or sell its products and services in and around North America.

The company, has overwhelmingly denied the allegations and reiterated that its surveillance tools were developed to track criminals and terrorists and not the bureaucrats, politicians, business executives and the common public.

Note- Signaling Messages allow mobile phone users to connect with each other when on international roaming. However, telecom companies can also use the same service to conduct espionage on an individual by tracking their whereabouts by intercepting their communication.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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