The Federal Bureau of Investigation acquired Israeli tech company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware for $9 million in 2019, the US agency confirmed to UK news outlet The Guardian on Wednesday.
But Pegasus was never used in any FBI investigation, the bureau claimed, adding that it “procured a limited license for product testing and evaluation only.”
According to the report, the deal struck between the FBI and NSO was a one-year test project worth around $5 million. Despite “not using it at all… like, not even switching it on,” according to a source, the FBI renewed the contract for another year, bringing the deal up to $9 million. Read more »