Prime Minister and FCO target of NSO spyware attack

19/04/2022 | The Guardian

A report by Citizen Lab, a Canadian research organisation at the University of Toronto, has reportedly found suspected NSO Pegasus surveillance software on devices that are associated with the UK Prime Minister's Office and the former Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In a statement, Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, said, "We confirm that in 2020 and 2021 we observed and notified the government of the United Kingdom of multiple suspected instances of Pegasus spyware infections within official UK networks." 

In related news, the European Parliament held its inaugural meeting of an inquiry committee dedicated to investigating the use of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware on member states. The committee chair said spyware is a "huge problem for democracy and the rule of law" and the committee will devise "useful recommendations" from its investigation. The meeting also included testimony on the technical aspects and impacts of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance technologies.

Meanwhile, The New Yorker has a report on governments' use of the NSO Group's Pegasus software, which has been used to target politicians, activists, journalists, and others worldwide. Investigations have found evidence the software is being used in 45 countries and has been purchased by law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. 

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