Detained Palestinian lawyer sues Pegasus spyware maker NSO in France

Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, who is in Israeli detention, filed a complaint in France Tuesday against surveillance firm NSO Group for having “illegally infiltrated” his mobile phone with the spyware Pegasus.

Hamouri, who also holds French citizenship, is serving a four-month term of administrative detention ordered by an Israeli military court in March on the claim he is a “threat to security.”

He is one of several Palestinian activists whose phones were hacked using the Pegasus malware made by the Israeli company NSO, according to a report in November by human rights groups.


The organizations had tested the phones of members of six Palestinian groups that Israel has named as terrorist organizations, including prisoner advocacy group Addameer, where Hamouri worked.