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UAE Agency Put Pegasus Spyware on Phone of Jamal Khashoggi’s Wife Months Before His Murder

HeadlineDec 22, 2021

The Washington Post is reporting an Emirati agency had Pegasus spyware installed on Jamal Khashoggi’s wife’s cellphone months before he was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Hanan Elatr was detained at the Dubai airport in April 2018 and had her mobile phones and laptop confiscated. The Pegasus spyware, made by Israeli company NSO Group, has been used to target journalists, dissidents and activists around the world. A researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which helped uncover NSO Group’s covert operations, found the spyware after examining Hanan Elatr’s two Androids. Elatr and Khashoggi were secretly married in June, just four months before his murder, according to The Washington Post. He was also engaged to Hatice Cengiz at the time of his assassination.

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