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Macron Possibly Affected by Israeli Spyware. Dutch Regulators Fine Italian Drug Maker. J&J Dodges Lawsuits.

Emmanuel Macron possibly targeted by Israeli espionage

-French President Emmanuel Macron heads a list of 14 current or former heads of state who may have been targeted for hacking by clients of the notorious Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

-Among potential targets found on a list of 50,000 phone numbers leaked to Amnesty and the Paris-based journalism, nonprofit Forbidden Stories include Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and Barham Salih of Iraq.

-King Mohammed VI of Morocco and three current prime ministers — Imran Khan of Pakistan, Mustafa Madbouly of Egypt, and Saad Eddine El Othmani of Morocco — are also on the list, The Washington Post reported.

https://www. euronews. com/next/2021/07/21/pegasus-spyware-scandal-emmanuel-macron-among-14-heads-of-states-identified-as-possible-ta

If Pegasus is being sold as a “Spyware to track political dissidents,” then what about the Leaders who provide sanctuary for these dissidents?

We found suspected NSO Pegasus infections associated with 33 of the 36 Pegasus operators we identified in 45 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zambia. As our findings are based on country-level geolocation of DNS servers, factors such as VPNs and satellite Internet teleport locations can introduce inaccuracies.

https:// citizenlab. ca/2018/09/hide-and-seek-tracking-nso-groups-pegasus-spyware-to-operations-in-45-countries/

Political dissident is often used as a term to describe people who live abroad in foreign lands. Israeli spyware retailer NSO advertises their Pegasus product as a tool tailored specifically for law enforcement bodies to track and surveil political opponents.

This unavoidably leads to cross border surveillance, which of course bypasses cybersecurity laws, both local and international.

NSO is a company operated by ex-Israeli soldiers and ex-Israeli spies. This fact alone explicitly accompanies an absence of ethics, morality, honor, and western values.

Do people expect us to believe that Israelis would forgo the opportunities in using Pegasus to cross contaminate law enforcement phones and spy on people like Joe Biden, Angela Merkel, and Boris Johnson?

How dare you (accuse us of something we actually did)

When Crowdstrike was exposed for spreading misinformation on the Russiagate hoax, Crowdstrike’s response was timid and apologetic. When Rick Wilson and British spy Christopher Steele were exposed for propagating a 4chan hoax called the “Donald Trump pee pee tapes,” Wilson and Christopher Steele withered themselves into self imposed obscurity.

The remarkable thing? It’s all fake. And not only fake; it’s a prank perpetuated by 4chan, on Rick Wilson himself. A post on 4chan on october 26 stated “mfw managed to convince CTR and certain (((journalists))) on Twitter there’ll be an October surprise on Trump this Friday” along with a picture of a smug face with a hash name.

on november 1, a person without a picture but is assumed to be the same person posted “So they took what I told Rick Wilson and added a Russian spy angle to it. They still believe it. Guys, they’re truly fucking desperate – there’s no remaining Trump scandal that’s credible.”

http://www. zerohedge. com/news/2017-01-10/4chan-claims-have-fabricated-anti-trump-report-hoax

But NSO’s reaction on the other hand is much less dignified.

“Enough is Enough! In light of the recent planned and well-orchestrated media campaign lead by Forbidden Stories and pushed by special interest groups, and due to the complete disregard of the facts, NSO is announcing it will no longer be responding to media inquiries on this matter and it will not play along with the vicious and slanderous campaign,” the company stated.

https:// sputniknews. com/world/202107211083434136-enough-is-enough-israeli-nso-group-blasts-spying-allegations-as-slander/

Leadiant fined 20 million euros by Dutch regulator.

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets announced on Tuesday that it would fine the Pomezia-based pharmaceutical company €19.6m for repeatedly increasing the price of the drug CDCA since it acquired the patent in 2008.

When Leadiant purchased the rights to the treatment for cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis, the medication sold for €46 for 100 capsules. In 2009, the company released the same drug under a new name, raising the price to €885 for 100 capsules. In 2019, Leadiant obtained the exclusive rights to sell the drug and the price skyrocketed to €14,000 for 100 capsules, a 6645.65% increase over the price ten years earlier.

https://www. dutchnews. nl/news/2021/07/italian-drugs-maker-fined-e20m-for-hiking-drug-price/

Johnson and Johnson dodges lawsuits by settling for a $26 billion payout.

Not bad. $26 billion is a lot of money. But it still feels like a slap on the wrist. It should have been $250 billion if they really wanted things fixed.

The proposed $26 billion (€22.4 billion) agreement is the second-largest cash settlement ever after the $246 billion tobacco agreement in 1998.

Three drug distributors, McKesson, Cardinal Health and Amerisource Bergen, are expected to pay a combined $21 billion. Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson (J&J) would pay $5 billion.

The distributors will pay their share over the next 18 years. J&J will pay over nine years, with up to $3.7 billion paid during the first three years.

The companies said that while they “strongly dispute the allegations made in these lawsuits,” the settlement agreement and process were “important steps” toward resolution.

According to the proposed agreement, the payout would resolve 4,000 claims, as well as finance prevention and treatment programs, said New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Almost $2 billion of the funds will be reserved for private lawyers hired by governments to work on their suits against the opioid industry. State attorney general offices could also get a share.

https://www. dw. com/en/us-opioid-crisis-drug-firms-agree-26-billion-settlement/a-58584376

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