Mexico Dropped $61 Million On NSO Group Spyware

Mexico’s top security official said on Wednesday that two previous administrations spent $61 million to buy The NSO Group’s spyware. Here are the details:

Mexico’s top security official said Wednesday that two previous administrations spent $61 million to buy Pegasus spyware that has been implicated in government surveillance of opponents and journalists around the world.

Public Safety Secretary Rosa Icela Rodríguez said records had been found of 31 contracts signed during the administrations of President Felipe Calderón in 2006-2012 and President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012-18. Some contracts may have been disguised as purchases of other equipment.

The government said many of the contracts with the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group were signed with front companies, which are often used in Mexico to facilitate kickbacks or avoid taxes.

Well, this is insightful as this sounds really shady. I say that because why would you have to purchase this spyware via front companies? Clearly Mexico who was reportedly was just shut down because The NSO Group is under pressure has something to hide. My guess is that we are going to see more countries who bought this spyware come to light in reports like this one. Stay tuned to see who they are.

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