The American Bloomberg Network quoted informed sources that the Israeli security services requested assistance from cyber espionage companies, including the company that produces the program. PegasusIn order to determine the locations of its prisoners in the Gaza Strip.
The network reported – citing four sources in the field of cybersecurity and an Israeli government official – that NSO, the company that produces the Pegasus program, and the Israeli company Candero, both of which are on a US blacklist, have been asked to quickly develop their espionage capabilities to meet the needs of the Israeli forces.
The two companies, along with many other software companies, are cooperating to implement this request and provide the required services for free.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense has not yet responded to a request from Bloomberg for comment, while the Israeli army and NSO declined to comment.
As for Candero, it said Thursday in a statement that it is ready to provide assistance in the war effort in any way required, without going into details.
Bloomberg quoted other sources as saying that Israel is examining possible options to recover its prisoners with a number of governments that have offered to provide intelligence information and consultations in this regard.
The Palestinian resistance says it is holding between 200 and 250 Israeli prisoners in the Gaza Strip Gaza After operation Al-Aqsa flood Which it launched on the 7th of October, and it recently released 4 female prisoners.
In November 2021, the US Department of Commerce included the Israeli companies NSO and Candero on the list of banned companies as they represent a threat to national security, which came as a great surprise to many observers.
The US Department of Commerce said at the time that NSO sold spyware to “tyrannical” foreign governments that used it to target government officials, journalists, opponents, and others.
According to extensive journalistic investigations conducted by numerous media outlets, NSO software penetrated the phones of 14 world leaders and more than 180 journalists, as well as hundreds of activists, human rights activists, and government officials in many countries.