At least five European member states use the Israeli espionage software Pegasus. It is unknown which countries are involved. We do know that NSO Group, the developer of the eavesdropping software, has cancelled the contract with one of these countries.
Chaim Gelfand, the legal adviser at NSO Group, told the PEGA committee on Tuesday, Politico writes. This committee, made up of 38 members of the European Parliament, investigates the use of spy software in the EU.
Journalists and politicians massively bugged with Pegasus
Pegasus is an espionage product of NSO Group. With the eavesdropping program, intelligence and security services can extract all imaginable information from smartphones and other infected devices. In addition to digital communications (texts, emails, and WhatsApp messages), the software also collects photos, videos, phone numbers, location data, and stored documents. It is also possible to listen in on telephone conversations and to make screenshots and videos unnoticed.
In short, Pegasus is invasive software that seriously invades our privacy and security. Last July, 17 news organizations reported that the software was used to wiretap at least 189 journalists between 2016 and June 2019. Their phone numbers were on a list that listed a total of 50,000 numbers.
Prominent figures such as French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Council Charles Michel and King of Morocco Mohammed VI are also said to have been spied on with Pegasus. It was recently revealed that Pegasus was also being used to wiretap Catalan and Spanish politicians, including the Spanish Minister of Defense and the Minister of