Will Dream Security Tech Be Marketed More Ethically than Pegasus?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Shalev Hulio, former chief executive of NSO Group, the company behind the controversial Pegasus spyware, has launched a new cybersecurity firm in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war. The company, Dream Security, uses artificial intelligence to identify and analyze cyber threats.
So far, the company is already valued at more than $200 million, with customers in Israel and Europe. The need is obvious: European governments and other critical infrastructure have seen increased cyber risks since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. After the recent Hamas raid and atrocities, Israel itself has become a red-hot target.
Israel needs and deserves every advantage it can muster in protecting itself. But given the history of NSO and Pegasus, we must raise concern about the risks if Dream Security products were to be sold – as Pegasus was – to irresponsible and dangerous foreign governments and hostile actors. Pegasus has already been implicated in facilitating the murder of journalists and at least one dissident, spying on State Department discussions about an abducted American, and used by politicians in Spain and India against journalists and rivals.
Artificial intelligence is a nascent technology. There is no telling how it may yet impact the evolving nature of modern warfare, even if developed for defensive purposes. We support any technology that enhances the security of the Israeli people. But it is in everybody’s best interests that Dream Security commits to only doing business with responsible state and corporate actors. PPSA will be monitoring this story as it develops.