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Friday, December 09, 2022

Spain says Prime Minister is the target of Pegasus spyware

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Spain said on Monday that the mobile phones of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Defense Minister Margarita Robles were tapped using Pegasus spyware in an “illegal and outside” interference.

According to a senior official, their phones got infected last year with software owned by Israel-based firm NSO, which is the target of multiple investigations across the world.

“These are not conjectures, they are facts of extreme seriousness,” said presidential minister Felix Bolaos.

“We are absolutely certain that this was an external attack … because in Spain, in a democracy like ours, all such interference is carried out by official bodies and with judicial authority,” he said.

“In this case, neither of the circumstances prevailed, so we have no doubt that it was an outside interference. We want the judiciary to investigate,” Bolanos said.

He did not say whether Spanish officials still had any clues as to where the attack came from or whether any other country was behind it.

Bolaos said that Sanchez’s phone was tapped in May 2021 and Robles’ phone was tapped in June of that year.

“A specified amount of data” was extracted from both phones, he said.

“There is no evidence that other tapings took place after those dates.”

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The El País newspaper said the hackers extracted 2.6 gigabytes of information from Sanchez’s phone and nine megabytes from Robles’s phone, but the government still did not know “the nature and degree of sensitivity” of the stolen information.

The attack targeted his work phone provided by the state, not his personal phone.

Bolaos said experts were investigating whether other members of the Spanish government linked to Pegasus were the targets of espionage.

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