NSA Whistleblower Says All Telecom Imports Must Be Scanned for Pegasus-Like Implants | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

NSA Whistleblower Says All Telecom Imports Must Be Scanned for Pegasus-Like Implants

All communications technology products from any foreign country need to be checked for potential hardware and software surveillance implants in the wake of the Pegasus scandal, former US National Security Agency (NSA) Technical Director and whistleblower William Binney told Sputnik.

Pegasus spyware, developed by Israel's NSO Group, was used to hack some 50,000 smartphones of human rights activists, lawyers, journalists and business executives around the world, a journalist-NGO consortium revealed last week. Among those targeted were high-level officials from Pakistan, France, Iraq, Egypt and the European Council.

"Standard practice is for governments to get companies to distribute their implants to spy on important people around the world," Binney said when asked about the Pegasus spyware scandal. "If you get [or] buy any communications product from a company in a foreign country, you have to scan it for implants - both hardware and software - before use. Otherwise, you are not secure."

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