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These people stood up to corruption in Mexico—and then their phones were targeted by spyware

posted onJune 20, 2017
by l33tdawg

Mexican journalist and human rights lawyers have been getting some troubling texts.

Some come in the guise of bills to pay, according to a new report from Citizen Lab. Some are dressed as AMBER alerts. Then there are texts that threaten kidnapping, and those that flaunt details of the recipients' lives.

The texts are bait. Click on a link and spyware called "Pegasus" will infect your phone, which can be used to collect phone calls and text messages, and even take photos and record audio.  The sender of the texts is unclear—but it's not hard to guess why the targets have been singled out.

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