Spanish Prime Minister’s phone hit by Pegasus spyware | The Murray Valley Standard
Spanish authorities have detected Pegasus spyware in the mobile phones of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Defense Minister Margarita Robles.
Government Minister for the Presidency Felix Bolanos told a press conference on Monday that Sanchez’s phone was infected in May 2021 and that at least one data leak occurred then.
He would not say who might have spied on the Prime Minister and whether foreign powers or Spanish groups were suspected of being behind it.
“The interventions were unlawful and external. External means carried out by unofficial bodies and without state authorisation,” he said, adding that the infections had been reported to the Ministry of Justice and that the High Court would be in charge of the case.
The announcement follows intense pressure on the left-wing coalition government to explain itself after Canadian digital rights group Citizen Lab said more than 60 people linked to the Catalan separatist movement had been the target of the Pegasus spyware manufactured by the Israeli group NSO.
After allegations of spying on members of the Catalan separatist movement, the minority government’s key ally in parliament, the Catalan left-wing independence party ERC, said it would not support the government until Madrid took steps to restore trust.
The European Union’s data protection watchdog has called for Pegasus to be banned over allegations it has been abused by client governments to spy on rights activists, journalists and politicians .
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