Activists, academics, lawyers and civil society workers in Thailand, who have been spying with Pegasus between 2020 and 2021, are suing their country’s government for the use of the malware Group NSO, Context reported.
The infections in human machines coincide with the protests in the Asian region which are very pro-democracy, many of the victims were the protagonists of this movement and because of their energy and criticism of the Thai government they were attacked, detained, arrested and imprisoned.
The first case is to be determined in the administrative court of the nation, a special court in the cases of administrations and government officials; In addition, the legal team representing the victims is also preparing a separate civil suit against the NSO Group, the company that developed the malware.
According to a report by Citizen Lab, Ilaw and DigitalReach, at least 30 people have been tracked using Pegaso, including members of FreeYOUTH, United Protest Front, Thammasa, people associated with the Volunteer organization and other people without affiliation. hu- ius lawyer Arnon Nampa, who in the days of 339
“It was a big surprise to me that the government could take control of my phone, it’s a bigger violation of my privacy than looking at my sad home,” said Yingcheep Atchanont of Ilaw, who also explained that even if it was NSO. to leave, the government would use other techniques, “it will not stop until serious action is taken”.
Last July, when responding to reports, a Thai minister admitted that the country’s surveillance technology used to monitor people was linked to national security and drug cases.
The hearing of the lawsuit coincides with other legal processes that are carried out against the NSO Group, such as lawsuits in the United States by Facebook and Whatsapp, Apple and the Knights of the First Amendment Institute of the University of Columbia, for journalists from El Faro . and Bahraini activist Yusuf Al-Jamri in the UK.
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