A mobile phone spyware, known as Pegasus, that was intended to target criminals, may have been used to monitor human rights activists and politicians around the world.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:32 – Story
1:35 – Headline 1: Pegasus: Spyware sold to governments ‘targets activists’
4:51​​ – Headline 2: Washington Post: Investigation finds Israeli-designed spyware was used to hack journalists and activists around the world
8:03 – Headline 3: 50,000 VIPs ‘including Jamal Khashoggi’s wife’ were targeted by cyber hackers for rogue regimes
11:10 – Language summary

The story:
It’s alleged human rights activists and politicians around the world may have been monitored using a mobile phone spyware intended to target criminals and terrorists.

A group of investigative journalists claims the Pegasus software, which has been sold to countries including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, has been widely misused. The software firm NSO strongly denies that and is considering legal action.

Key words and phrases
chooses something to attack or pay attention to

  • The business has targeted a 5% increase in profits this year.
  • The footballer hit the target. The ball went straight into the goal.

get unauthorised access into a system or computer

*The computer system was hacked and personal data was stolen.
*Here’s a great life hack – Put coffee grounds in the fridge to remove the smell.

describes behaviour that is unexpected or damaging

*Trade restrictions were enforced after the rogue state tested a nuclear missile.
*He’s a loveable rogue: very charming, but you can’t trust him!

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