This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israels NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021. - Private Israeli firm NSO Group has denied media reports its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israels defence ministry
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israels NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021. - Private Israeli firm NSO Group has denied media reports its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israels defence ministry
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In its latest statement titled 'Enough is Enough', Pegasus spyware software developer NSO Group on Wednesday said it will no longer respond to media inquiries on the ongoing row. The company added it will not play along with the "vicious and slanderous campaign".

"We will state again: The list is not a list of targets or potential targets of Pegasus. The numbers in the list are not related to NSO group. Any claim that a name in the list is necessarily related to a Pegasus target or Pegasus potential target is erroneous and false," the statement read.

The Israel-based company further said it will thoroughly investigate any credible proof of misuse of its technologies.

"NSO will continue its mission of saving lives, helping governments around the world prevent terror attacks, break up pedophilia, sex, and drug-trafficking rings, locate missing and kidnapped children, locate survivors trapped under collapsed buildings, and protect airspace against disruptive penetration by dangerous drones," the statement further read.

This comes after a purported expose by 17 news organisations across the world revealed that NSO Group's Pegasus spyware has been used to snoop on prominent politicians, journalists, activists, businessmen, etc.

On Monday, the company had said the allegations on it are false and misleading. "The report by Forbidden Stories is full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories that raise serious doubts about the reliability and interests of the sources. It seems like the unidentified sources have supplied information that has no factual basis and are far from reality," read the statement.

NSO Group had said the reports published in this matter have no factual basis and the company is considering a defamation lawsuit. "After checking their claims, we firmly deny the false allegations made in their report. Their sources have supplied them with information that has no factual basis, as evident by the lack of supporting documentation for many of their claims. In fact, these allegations are so outrageous and far from reality, that NSO is considering a defamation lawsuit," the company said.

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