Pegasus alert: Amazon shutting down accounts and infrastructure linked to NSO

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has shut down the accounts and infrastructures that are linked with Israeli surveillance firm – NSO group – that sells the spyware Pegasus.

The Cloud giant took this step after the
report of a collaborative investigation against the firm was out. In the investigation, it was revealed that Pegasus spyware is spying on 300 mobile phones in Indian and several countries.

AWS Spokesperson said, “When we learned of this activity, we acted quickly to shut down the relevant infrastructure and accounts.”

The target includes one constitutional authority, two serving ministers in the government, business persons, journalists, and three opposition leaders.

French non-profit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International accessed the global database of 50,000 telephones. As per the report, the infected phone data is shared with a service that is fronted by Amazon CloudFront.

The official website of CloudFront states that it is a content delivery network that “securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.”