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May 28, 2019
Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Nick Hopkins / Guardian

Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Nick Hopkins / Guardian  
Saudi Arabia Accused of Targeting Satirist and Dissident With Pegasus Spyware Developed by NSO Group

Saudi Arabia had been accused of targeting London-based Saudi satirist and dissident Ghanem Almasarir with Pegasus spyware developed by controversial Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to a letter of claim sent to the Saudi embassy in London. According to the letter, Almasarir received suspicious text messages in June 2018 that were tracked by experts to a Saudi-focused Pegasus operator. The Saudi government has six weeks to respond to the claim.

June 19, 2019
Jon Swaine, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Patrick Greenfield / The Guardian

Jon Swaine, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Patrick Greenfield / The Guardian  
Head of Prestigious Art Gallery in London Resigns After Revelation She Is Co-Owner of Spyware Company NSO Group

The head of the prestigious London art gallery Serpentine Galleries, Yana Peel, has resigned after the Guardian revealed she is the co-owner of notorious Israeli spyware company NSO Group whose Pegasus software has allegedly been used by authoritarian regimes to spy on dissidents. Peel co-owns Novalpina Capital, a private equity firm co-founded by Peel’s husband, that in turn controls a majority stake in NSO Group, a $1bn (£790m) Israeli technology firm. Peel’s co-ownership of Novalpina raises red flags with Index on Censorship, the free-speech campaign group. Peel served as a judge last year for Index’s international freedom of expression awards.

Related: Boing BoingAP Breaking News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, The Guardian, Artsy.net, SecurityWeek, Citizen Lab

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Boing Boing: CEO of London’s Serpentine Gallery resigns after Guardian investigation accuses her of being part owner of notorious cyber-arms-dealer NSO Group
AP Breaking News: Serpentine art CEO quits amid criticism of spyware firm link
New York Times : Serpentine Galleries Chief Quits, With Harsh Words for Activist Artists
South China Morning Post: London’s Serpentine Galleries head Yana Peel quits over stake in Israeli spyware firm
The Guardian: UK rights advocate co-owns firm whose spyware is ‘used to target dissidents’
Artsy.net: The Serpentine Galleries’s CEO resigned after her ties to a cybersecurity firm were revealed.
SecurityWeek: London Gallery Chief Quits After Israel Spyware Report
Citizen Lab: Letter to Novalpina Capital Regarding Statement on UN Guiding Principles

@razhael: Yikes. @Yanapeel has stepped down from her role as CEO of the Serpentine Galleries. Looks like investing in Israeli spyware is hazardous to your art career.
@gcluley: The head of Serpentine Galleries has resigned after it was revealed she is the co-owner of an Israeli spyware firm NSO Group whose software has allegedly been used by authoritarian regimes to spy on dissidents https://www.theguardian.com/arta
@RonDeibert: CEO of London's Serpentine Gallery resigns after Guardian investigation accuses her of being part owner of notorious cyber-arms-dealer NSO Group https://boingboing.net/2019/06/18/safe-space-for-unsafe-ideas.html …. @doctorow, see also today's letter I sent on behalf of @citizenlab