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World Pegasus: the phones of at least five French ministers infected with the software

17:40  24 september  2021
17:40  24 september  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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two sources close to the folder confirmed to the AFP this infection, revealed by Mediapart

Le téléphone de Jean-Michel Blanquer ferait partie des téléphones ministériels infectés par Pegasus. © Amaury Paul / Medialys Images / Shut / Sipa the phone of Jean-Michel Blanquer would be part of the ministerial phones infected with Pegasus. Cybersecuritis - two sources close to the file confirmed to the AFP this infection, revealed by Mediapart

the phones of at least five French ministers and a diplomat attached to the Elysee were infected by the Spy PEGASUS software, according to Mediapart, A confirmed information on Friday by two sources close to the file.

The phones were infected in 2019 and 2020 and presented infection markers by the spyware marketed by Israeli NSO, during their review by French security services, according to Mediapart.

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five ministers and a diplomat concerned

the ministers concerned are Jean-Michel Blanquer (Education), Jacqueline GOURAULT (cohesion of the territories, dependent on the Ministry of the Interior), Julien Denormandie (agriculture since July 2020, city and housing before), Emmanuelle Wargon (housing, ecological transition before), Sébastien Lecornu (overseas).

A diplomat of the diplomatic cell of the Palais de l'Elysée, working with President Emmanuel Macron on international subjects, is also concerned.

No official source requested by the AFP commented this information. But two sources close to the file that required anonymity confirmed the veracity of this information.


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"My phone was part of those who were watched by the National Information Systems Safety Agency, I have not yet returned from the investigation so I can not confirm anything at this point, "commented at the newspaper website Emmanuelle Wargon , who clarified having changed phone.

"The minister is not depositary of state secrets so we do not see too much the usefulness of listening to it," said his cabinet at AFP.

An investigation at the origin of the revelations

A survey published from 18 July by a consortium of 17 international media revealed that the Pegasus software, designed by the Israeli company NSO Group, would have made it possible to spy on the numbers of At least 180 journalists, 600 men and women politicians, 85 human rights activists or 65 business leaders from different countries.

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This journalistic work is based on a list of 50,000 phone numbers selected by NSO clients since 2016, obtained by the organization forbidden Stories and Amnesty International.

Several complaints were filed in France by people who claimed to be victims of the software.

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