The surveillance revealed by the Pegasus project will continue as long as there is a market for it, says Duncan Hodges
The Pegasus project revelations make for uncomfortable reading, but should be of little surprise (Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon, 18 July), and I’d urge caution to those seeking to present this as a technological problem. We know that there are regimes that want to oppress people and that there are mercenaries who will be looking to profit from this. This has been going on for centuries.
Yes, we can take steps to improve the security of everyday technology, and these should continue to be taken to try and create a safe and secure online space. But ironically, the more secure you make the technology, the larger the potential profits for the mercenaries, because demand increases as fewer people can successfully target devices and internet services.