Pegasus spyware targets French President Macron: report, World News
French President Emmanuel Macron’s phone was targeted by Pegasus spyware, the NGO that disclosed the list of numbers claimed on Tuesday.
Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based nonprofit media outlet, reportedly had access to the leaked numbers. The NGO said that members of Macron’s cabinet were also targeted.
According to reports, the former French prime minister Edouard Philippe and 14 ministers were also under surveillance.
the Pegasus spyware licensed by Israeli company ONS. The organization previously issued a statement claiming the reports were “full of flawed assumptions and unsubstantiated theories.”
Macron’s office said: “If this fact is established, it is obviously very serious.”
NSO would have pirate smartphones of journalists, government officials and human rights activists around the world with 50,000 phone numbers reportedly under surveillance.
Meanwhile, French prosecutors have opened investigations into allegations that Moroccan intelligence services have used Pegasus to spy on journalists nationwide.
The investigation site Mediapart filed a complaint on Monday spying complaints. However, Morocco said it “has never acquired computer software to infiltrate communications devices”.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the government was “extremely committed to press freedom”.
The Aristegui Noticias news site alleged that the of the Mexican president his wife and children were targets of Israeli spyware, including Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, ministers and other officials.
(With contributions from the Agencies)