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'Cat and mouse game': how Citizen Lab shone a spotlight on Israeli spyware firm

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner

12 May 2020 · 5 min read

A 55-year-old political science professor based in Toronto might seem like an unlikely adversary for one of the world’s most controversial cyber-defence companies.

But as one of the foremost experts on surveillance techniques used by authoritarian regimes and head of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, Ron Deibert has been engaged in a stealthy cat and mouse game with NSO Group, the Israeli spyware company, for years.

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