In 2020 and 2021, prominent British politicians have been secretly bugged with Pegasus. NSO Group’s espionage software has been found in several government departments in the United Kingdom. 10 Downing Street, where the British Prime Minister’s office is located, is said to have been tapped using the Israeli company’s software.
The Citizen Lab reports this in a press release.
In addition to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also been spied on, according to Citizen Lab security researchers. Due to a merger between departments and government services, this body is today known as the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Based on the data sent, the Citizen Lab concludes that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are involved in the wiretapping.
The interest group did not provide further details about the incident. She emphasizes that the UK is currently busy finalizing cybersecurity legislation. “We believe it is critical that such efforts can unfold without the undue influence of spyware,” wrote Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab.
The Citizen Lab does not know what data has been stolen.
NSO denies involvement
A spokesman for Prime Minister Johnson confirms to The New Yorker that a device connected to the internal network of 10 Downing Street has been hacked. He declined to confirm whether the device was infected with Pegasus. The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has examined multiple phones in the prime minister’s premises. The hacked device was not found during the search.
According to the Citizen Lab, the espionage took place between July 2020 and June 2021. In addition