Tue 03 August 2021:
The Pegasus spyware developed by the Israeli NSO organization was discovered in the phones of three French journalists, including a senior staff member at France 24, according to French intelligence officials. This is the first time an independent authority has weighed in on the Pegasus project’s findings.
Anssi, France’s national agency for information systems security has traced digital traces of Pegasus software on a TV journalist’s phone. The findings were forwarded to the Paris prosecutor’s office.
According to the findings of Anssi, Pegasus was also found on telephones of one Lenaig Bredoux, an investigative journalist at Mediapart, the group that reported that the Rafale fighter jet deal with India was being probed in France.
“It puts an end to the idea that this is all lies and fake news. It’s the proof we need…It takes a bit of time to realise it, but it’s extremely unpleasant to think that one is being spied on, that photos of your husband and children, your friends – who are all collateral victims – are being looked at; that there is no space in which you can escape. It’s very disturbing,” Bredoux was quoted as saying by Guardian.
As reported earlier, the Pegasus snooping row, which reportedly involves spying on mobile phones of journalists, politicians, activists and other prominent personalities from across the globe, has triggered a massive controversy raising questions over data privacy and alleged monitoring of the private space of individuals by agencies including government arms.
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