Citizen Lab researcher disputes claims from NSO Group after UK court finds UAE ruler used Pegasus to hack ex-wife, lawyers

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A member of the team at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab is questioning the actions of controversial Israeli spyware firm NSO Group in the case of Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, who had her devices and the devices of her lawyers hacked amid a UK custody battle with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of the United Arab Emirates. 

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Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya are locked in a custody battle over their two children and the ruler ordered agents from the UAE to hack into his ex-wife’s devices using Pegasus, the NSO Group’s widely-criticized spyware. The ruler even ordered her British lawyers’ phones hacked as well, drawing outrage from UK court officials who called the hacks “serial breaches of domestic criminal law,” “in violation of fundamental common law and ECHR rights,” and an “abuse of power” by a head of state. 

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