Investigative reporter Bradley Hope: Pegasus spyware revelations a ‘wake-up call for journalists’

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Bradley Hope was in Abu Dhabi in 2009, the year the BlackBerry devices overheated. “If you put it next to your face it would almost burn,” he told CPJ in a phone interview. The BBC that year reported that a UAE telecom company had prompted local BlackBerry owners to install a rogue surveillance update disguised as a performance enhancement, accidentally sending phones into overdrive.  

“I’ve had many experiences of these — sometimes clumsy — surveillance attempts,” Hope said.   

More recently, Hope may have been singled out for more sophisticated surveillance.

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