MEPs did not hide their bitterness at the Commission’s refusal to formally address the numerous revelations of spying enabled by Pegasus
Three human rights activists whose phones were targeted by spyware traced to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have begun legal action.
On Tuesday, Parliament’s new inquiry committee investigating the use of Pegasus and other spyware had its first meeting, electing a Chair and three Vice-Chairs.
Senior officials at the European Commission were targeted last year with spy software designed by an Israeli surveillance firm.
The leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party has acknowledged that the country bought advanced spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group.
UN human rights experts called on all States to impose a global moratorium on the sale and transfer of surveillance technology.
The toolkit scans iPhone and Android backup files for evidence of a compromise.
The deployment of the tool, confirmed with forensics, shows a willingness to use tactics previously deemed out-of-bounds.
Leaked records show dissidents and those who help them prominent among those under threat from NSO spyware.
Android and iPhone spyware sold by NSO Group enables state terror attacks in multiple countries.