In France, it is claimed that the mobile phones of 5 French ministers show signs of the spy program “Pegasus”.
The news of the French site Mediapart states that during 2019 and 2020 the target of the spy program “Pegasus” were the mobile phones of the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of Territorial Development, Jacqueline Gourault, the Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, the Minister of Housing, Emmanuelle Wargon and of the Minister for Territories Abroad, Sebastien Lecornu.
Examinations of the mobile phones of the ministers in question and of an official from the Elysee Palace show that signs of the “Pegasus” spy program have been identified.
It is also announced that Minister Gourault changed her phone and number after the event.
The Elysee Palace said in a statement that it did not want to comment on the “ongoing investigations”.
It is alleged that the Moroccan intelligence service in March 2019 tried to track through the “Pegasus” program one of the smartphones that the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has used since 2017 until now and with whom he has communicated mainly with journalists.
In addition to Macron, it is alleged that attempts were made to infiltrate the phones of more than 100 people, including journalists and high-ranking government officials such as former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
Pegasus spy software
According to the British newspaper Guardian, in the research conducted by 17 media organizations, it is claimed that the spy program of the NSO Group company is spread globally and that it is used for evil purposes.
Among other things, it is claimed that the governments of at least 10 countries, including Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, India and the United Arab Emirates, are clients of the NSO Group. It also defends the idea that the spy program was sold to governments to target activists, journalists, lawyers and politicians.
According to the claims, this spy program, which can turn a phone into a “surveillance” device, can provide access to user information as well as unauthorized access to many applications such as microphone, camera, messages, voice recordings and contacts.
Rwanda, Morocco, India and Hungary have denied accusations that they used Pegasus to track the phones of persons on the list with more than 50,000 telephone numbers. The governments of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates have not yet responded to the allegations.
NSO Group has also denied all charges //AA
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