French prosecutor's office investigates cyber-spying reports

Source : 112 Ukraine

Morocco's secret services are accused of spying on journalists using Pegasus software
15:25, 20 July 2021

The Paris prosecutor's office started an investigation considering allegations by journalists of investigative news website Mediapart. They accused Morocco of spying on them using the Pegasus spyware, as Reuters reports.

"An investigation published on July 18 by 17 media organisations, led by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden Stories, said the spyware, made and licensed by Israeli company NSO, had been used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials and human rights activists," the statement reads.

It is noted that Mediapart said in a series of tweets that Morocco's secret services had used Pegasus to spy on the mobile phones of two of its reporters.

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Meanwhile, Morocco has published an official statement rejecting what it called "unfounded and false allegations". NSO also denies any wrongdoing.

As it was reported earlier, on July 19, Israeli Pegasus software used to spy on journalists, activists, oppositionists all over the world.

Related: Russian citizen suspected of spying for Russian Federation detained in Germany



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