Targeting of New York Times journalist Ben Hubbard
Date of report
  • January 2020
The Saudi hackers KINGDOM launched a phishing attack to attempt to trick  journalist Ben Hubbard into installing NSO Group’s Pegasus malware onto his phone. Hubbard does not recall clicking on the infected link sent to him via text message and it is unknown if his phone was infected.
Suspected victims
  • Ben Hubbard
Suspected state sponsor
  • Saudi Arabia
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Civil society