Greece’s conservative government on Monday denied any role in an investigative journalist’s alleged surveillance of her mobile phone via spyware.
The government’s statement came after Greek investigative website Inside Story alleged on Monday that financial journalist Thanasis Koukakis had hacked his phone.
Its story cited a three-page report from Citizen Lab, a Canadian laboratory based at the University of Toronto, that uncovered several cases of such espionage.
Citizen Lab’s report said that Koukakis’s phone was infected with spyware named Predator between July 12 and September 24 last year.
Malware can not only record conversations but can also hack phone’s passwords, photos, internet history and contacts.
Spokesman Yanis Iaconomo denied that the government had any role in the matter, “calling on the competent authorities to clean up the matter and do their bit for justice.”
Posting on Twitter, Koukakis noted the government statement and said he was awaiting the findings of an investigation by ADAE, the Greek body responsible for communications security and privacy.
His investigations include the series on the Greek bank, spending claims at the Ministry of Migration and defense contracts.
The Global Network for Independent Journalism tweeted Monday that it was “concerned” by reports that Predator spyware was used to spy on the Koukakis.
It said, ‘We will seek answers from the Greek government.
This latest case follows a line last November when the Greek left-wing daily Efsin published an internal intelligence memo on political activists – and on a journalist.
A government minister at the time denied that there was any government surveillance of journalists in Greece.
According to Citizen Lab, the Predator malware was developed by a business called Citrox, which is based in neighboring North Macedonia.