EU Politicians Targeted by Israeli Spy Software

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EU Politicians Targeted by Israeli Spy Software

European Commissioner of Justice Didier Reynders and at least four other members of the European Commission were the target of espionage software from the Israeli security company NSO Group last year. Details about the wiretapping are unknown. For example, it is unclear who is behind the attack, whether the spyware has actually been successfully installed and what information may have been stolen.

Reuters reports this based on its own research. Insiders confirm the reports.

Hackers used Israeli hacking tools

The issue came to light when Apple voluntarily sent messages to thousands of iPhone users worldwide last November that they were “targeted by state hackers.” This warning set off alarm bells at the European Commission.

In an email dated November 26, 2021, a senior employee updated his colleagues about Israeli hacking tools. He also advised them to keep an eye on additional warnings from Apple. “Given the nature of your work, you are a potential target,” the employee wrote in an email to his colleagues, Reuters said.

NSO Group denies any involvement

According to the news agency, the hackers used spy software from the Israeli security company NSO Group. The attackers would have tried to listen to European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and at least four of his colleagues from the European Commission. Reuters could not find out whether that was actually successful and what information may have been leaked.

The news agency has approached Reynders and his spokesman David Marechal for a response. Despite repeated requests, they did not respond. Johannes Bahrke, spokesman for the

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