Friday, March 22, 2019

Israeli Spyware Used to Target the Widow of Journalist Javier Valdez, says report..

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished from Haaretz

Pegasus, licensed by NSO, allows monitoring devices and their content, including the remote activation of cameras and microphones without users' knowledge. This brings to 25 the number of known cases involving the spyware in Mexico--


The widow of a renowned Mexican journalist murdered two years ago was the target of an attempted spyware attack 10 days after his death, an internet watchdog group reported Wednesday.

The Toronto-based Citizen Lab said the attempt to place Pegasus spy software targeted Griselda Triana, the widow of Javier Valdez, bringing to 25 the number of known cases involving the spyware in Mexico — including two of Valdez's colleagues at the Riodoce weekly in the northern state of Sinaloa.
The other two attempted hacks took place the day after Valdez's killing on May 15, 2017, and it remains unclear who carried them out or for what purpose.

Pegasus allows for monitoring of devices and their content, including the remote activation of cameras and microphones without users' knowledge.

Israeli company NSO, which licenses Pegasus, said Wednesday in a statement attributed to a spokesperson that it provides its technologies only "to highly vetted intelligence and law enforcement agencies for the sole purpose of fighting terrorism and crime."

NSO declined to discuss whether any specific country has used its products, but said usage outside those purposes "is considered a misuse and will be investigated."

But in 2017, Citizen Lab made public the results of an investigation that found that some of Mexico's most prominent journalists had been targeted by the spyware.

The watchdog has also reported Pegasus being used to target human rights activists, politicians, investigators and in one case a minor.

"We can add Griselda's name to the growing list of family members of cartel-linked killings, and their advocates, who demanded justice and got targeted with Pegasus instead," said John Scott-Railton, one of the report's authors.

"I am not a criminal or a terrorist but I have been a target of spying because I was Javier's wife," Triana said. "What reasons were there to spy on me? Neither I nor my family or criminals, and I am sure that I do not represent any danger to national security."

She speculated that a possible motive may have been to try to discredit investigations into the murder of Valdez, said she would file a complaint and called on the new government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to clear up the case.
 
Valdez' selfie, Griselda is at far left
The government of then-President Enrique Pena Nieto denied any illegal use of the spyware, and though it began an investigation, it remains unknown who targeted the people in Mexico Citizen Lab's first report on Pegasus in Mexico was released in early 2017 and documented cases from the previous two years. The attempts to hack Triana and the Riodoce journalists shows that the strategy continued to be employed after it became public.

Now investigators say it apparently continued to be active through September 2018, just a few months before Pena Nieto's government concluded on Dec. 1 and more than a year after federal prosecutors announced the investigation.

In Triana's case, she reportedly received a text message that mentioned a possible theory about her husband's murder: that he was purportedly killed in a bid to steal his phone.

Triana, a journalist who works for the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, did not open the message because it seemed absurd — she had been in close contact with investigators at the time. Nor did she open a second message seemingly alluding to her being the target of harassment.

Most of the 25 in Mexico said to be targeted with Pegasus were critics of the government or people in crucial moments of investigations: journalists denouncing corruption cases, activists proposing restrictions on sugary drinks, even foreign experts with diplomatic status looking into the disappearance of 43 teachers' college students in 2014 at the hands of police allegedly in league with organized crime.
gunned down in the streets, his trademark panama hat only slightly askew 

The malicious messages purported to have news related to the targets' work or referenced their personal lives, such as alluding to the death of a loved one or a romantic relationship.

Citizen Lab has documented the use of Pegasus in other countries with dubious human rights records, such as Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

NSO said its products have a proven record of helping governments combat things like suicide bombings, drug and sex trafficking and kidnapping.

"Citizen Lab's latest non-scientific, non-data driven report builds upon their ongoing guesswork regarding NSO technology," the company said. "This group has accused NSO of every possible wrongdoing, when the truth of the matter is that our technology helps save lives."

36 comments:

  1. For those who doubt deep state fascist collusion with cartel drug/gun running organisations, NSO group should make you question. Why is a private coorporation beholden to none, and doesn't have to reveal where exactly these fraudulent uses are originating. In a way they are holding the Mexican people hostage.

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  2. Pegasus vendors like the state of Israel have one God, money, and they are not about to admit to any of their dirty deeds, a common practice of all the criminals in the world when they meet the judges.
    --We the suckers are expected to believe or meet them half way 50/50 on their side of the field and give the benefit of the doubt...
    NOT!!!

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  3. This is an easy one to solve, its the currupted government, that is behind this, but I am sure they ewil wash thier hands, and claim it was the cartel.

    Luna Apagtha

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  4. I guarantee you CDS or whomever killed Valdez had access to this technology thru their contacts in the government.

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    1. I was wondering about how feasible that would be. any arm chair experts please weigh in...thanks

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    2. Criminal and government are one.

      Self explanatory.

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    3. 7:13 the reports are that the Mexican government spied on the widow using Pegasus, but Canadian Citizen Lab caught the espionage, not the Mexican or the American government which are in cahoots with the Israeli company licensing their technology away, "but not to bloody murdering regimes" reads their propaganda, except that in real life they do not care about anything but collecting their fees.

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    4. Operacion Berlin y Enrique Krauze, Mexico.

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  5. Gente Nueva Special Forces no longer uses NSO we work directly with Mossad

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    1. 馃槀馃槀馃槀 since when?

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    2. Someone died and his wife is being stalked by criminals and you are here trying to crack a joke out of it ? Wow man, what a moron, no respect what so ever..

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    3. Gente Nueva and the Saudis still have to do their own murdering in person, the Mexicans use artillery,
      --the Saudis use American help and bone saws, and they got home delivery...

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    4. when was respect a trait on the border

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  6. If only the people of Mexico was more United and willing to stand up against those that hurt their country, If only there was a court that would uphold and enforce the law, this would be one of the many allegations good enough for a corruption case against many agencies within the Mexican government and their possible ties with Cartels. Chapo's case revealed his ties with presidents which sadly will be ignored and also detailed how he relied on Technology like his use of his personal communication network which allowed him to spy on his people, Ivan is accused of being responsible in this man's murder, and like his dad he could be spying on this woman but since he wasn't on chapo's network he could've relied on the spyware and having ties on a presidential level makes it easy to access the technology that is meant only for law enforcement.

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    1. Dide the Zapatistas tried to stand up and what happened?
      The mother of all cartels (aka the government) created the GAFE especially for the purpose to squash them.

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  7. Journalists are the enemies of all cartels.
    The government is the mother of all cartels.
    1+1=2!

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  8. The so called seido is the highest level of Intel in Mexico but they used their technology only to make money not to save lives because we never they call the cops to ask for help because someone has been kidnapped they never do anything about it but if chapos family of Mayos family is in trouble the same seido will bring them back home safe I also heard of them selling lap tops with programs for up to 80 thousand dollars this is

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    1. 8:45 when they found the carcass of Mono Jojoy in the Colombian Jungle, they also found his computers and many plugs, (sticks) -
      --only Giniral Naranjas had better equipment, but Mono Jojoy had no catalog of Police Academy cadets on his PC...

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  9. I read something about P a few years ago. I think it was more a software as a service or leasing then buying this software. If I got It right some NSO employees must be present for advising the software. It’s not like a pc game you buy, install and play.

    Israeli government is in the boat.
    I know EPN will pay for all what he did to mx, maybe not tomorrow or next year but he will pay and with him his greedy family.

    DEP Javier

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    1. 10:51-Angelica,the soap opera queen married to EPN left him right after his Presidency ended and moved to the US so she's probably safe.

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    2. Angelica "the guilota" Rivera had been living in Florida for a while in a two floor condo "paid for by EPN's friend"

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    3. Like most former presidents and politicians fleeing for retribution from those they imposed their reign on.
      Especially when political shifts have been implemented.

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  10. Oy Vey, shut it down! You mean Israel is involved in nifarious activity yet again? When are people going to realize that the CIA and Mossad use Mexico as a playground to fund all their black operations. (((They))) fund and arm drug cartels to do their dirty work the way they fund and arm terrorist groups in the Middle East.

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  11. Can only begin to imagine how many others have obtained this spyware surveillance?
    Moreover, for what purposes?

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  12. Are the mossad in Mexico too!?

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    1. 12:10 A gueboo!
      One month after 9/11 two mossad agents were arrested in the Mexican capitol with weapons and explosives, general Rafael Macedo De la Concha promptly got them released, he was real friends with the Mossad... You may still locate the little known news somewhere

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  13. Scan this site as someone in 馃嚥馃嚱 probably already infiltrated BB years ago.Be careful Chivis

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    1. Borderlandbeat web site is http to think this web site is secure is laughable. You alway want https

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  14. Chapos security guy in colombia had something similar to pegasus. You could probably buy this from hackers. i dont think it would be cheap but chump change for a sucessful narco

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    1. 4:08 ask hackerfiscalia, he knows all about PRI/EPN hacking the election for EPN, equipment used and team of hackers involved, and how much it cost.

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  15. Sicario006: Thank you for your intelligence and for making some of us laugh. Thought you were going to free Chapo?

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  16. Always use a good VPN

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  17. our great kanadien citizen lab
    tap them

    I'm still suprise khashoggi never assume
    him being track
    all of mexico under tracking devices
    just assume
    if i can purchase it
    anyone can,especially those in fang of dangerous times

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    1. 9;44 you will be surprised when you find out who tracked Mr Jamal Kasshoggi to their Embassy in Turkey for The Saudis,
      --and then you'll see it is not surprising at all, but ISIS were allied with turkey for a loooong time, they used to sell there all their huachicol and handle their logistics from there they were well organized real after Benghazi, where they made some good money to start ISIS.

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    2. 4;32 when you can have your wife sit on Putin's presidential chair and get some rich Arab billionaires buy and eat 1.5 billion dollars worth of your debt, it means you have arrived, and that you have a lot of esplainin' to do.

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