Pavel Durov listed in leaked Pegasus project data
More than 80 journalists have worked together over several months as part of the Pegasus project. While the data is an indication of intent, the presence of a number in the data does not reveal whether there was an attempt to infect the phone with spyware such as Pegasus, the company's signature surveillance tool, or whether any attempt succeeded. The presence in the data of a very small number of landlines and US numbers, which NSO says are "Technically impossible" to access with its tools, reveals some targets were selected by NSO clients even though they could not be infected with Pegasus. Forensic examinations of a small sample of mobile phones with numbers on the list found tight correlations between the time and date of a number in the data and the start of Pegasus activity - in some cases as little as a few seconds. The lawyers said the consortium was basing its findings "On misleading interpretation of leaked data from accessible and overt basic information, such as HLR Lookup services, which have no bearing on the list of the customers' targets of Pegasus or any other NSO products ... we still do not see any correlation of these lists to anything related to use of NSO Group technologies". The Pegasus project is a collaborative journalistic investigation into the NSO Group and its clients. Serguei Beloussov, a Singaporean tech entrepreneur who runs the data protection company Acronis, said software such as Pegasus made it hard to recommend particular messaging services as better than others.