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US News Pegasus in Rwanda: Opponents and diplomats on listening according to the survey

19:07  20 july  2021
19:07  20 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Israel assures France take the Pegasus affair "seriously"

 Israel assures France take the Pegasus affair © Copyright 2021, Obs The Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz assured Wednesday, July 28 to his French counterpart Florence Parly that his country took "at Serious "espionage allegations for Israeli PEGASUS software, suspected of being used in particular against President Emmanuel Macron. Benny Gantz has "addressed the NSO subject [Israeli Cybersecurity Society of Pegasus] and declared that Israel took the allegations seriously," said the Israeli Defense Ministry in a statement.

Paul Kagame, président du Rwanda, lors d'une conférence de presse en novembre 2008 à Genève. © AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, at a press conference in November 2008 in Geneva.

The PEGASUS software of the Israeli company NSO Group was used by the Rwandan authorities to spy the daughter of the opponent Paul Rusesabagina, according to the survey conducted by a consortium of 17 International Media of the Forbidden Stories Network and the NGO Amnesty International . Introduced into a smartphone, this software makes it possible to recover the messages, photos, contacts and even listen to the calls of its owner. The Rwandan authorities would have also spied on dozens of other opponents or political figures.

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 Pegasus: The Israeli government launches a perilous investigation on NSO The members of the Israeli government visited the premises of the publisher. This one continues to deny any abuse of use of its espionage software. © 01net.com Pegasus: The Israeli government launches a dangerous investigation on NSO in the face of international pressure, the Israeli government probably did not have the choice. According to the MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, it has indeed been to launch a survey of NSO Group's abusive practices, the Espionage Pegasus software publisher.

The data "strongly suggest that the Rwandan government has been client of NSO Group", according to the investigators . Among the spyes is thus the girl of the opponent Paul Rusesabagina , Carine Kanimba. The examination of his phone reveals "first traces of infection at the end of January 2021". But it is possible that attacks have taken place before, "some software with the ability to erase their traces", according to the journalists who have conducted the investigations.

interrogated by the Belgian daily evening, Carine Kanimba, which resides in the suburbs of Brussels, says not to be surprised. Rwandan officials began to act as if they were aware of all his facts and gestures, she says. For example, Belgian MPs were contacted by the Rwandan authorities shortly after having brought their support, even privately.

Pegasus Project: Amnesty International calls for a moratorium on using cybersurveillance technologies

 Pegasus Project: Amnesty International calls for a moratorium on using cybersurveillance technologies The NGO Amnesty International requests this Saturday a moratorium on the sale and use of monitoring technologies before the establishment of a regulatory framework © Hristophe ENA / AP / SIPA Amnesty International Agnès Callamard, in Paris on April 6, 2021.

Congolese and Angolan in the

list of other Rwandan opponents and even personalities abroad were also targeted by Rwanda. Among them, we find the Cassian asylum seeker Ntamuhanga in particular. He was arrested in Mozambique last May.

Political figures in the Great Lakes region also appear in the list of people covered by the spyware. As Ruhakana Rugunda, who was still prime minister in Uganda a month ago, or Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, Burundian Prime Minister. Also on the list, the Congolese Lambert Mende and Albert Yuma, close to the former President Joseph Kabila or the governor of the province of Ituri, Jean Bamanisa Saidi.

The Rwandan Foreign Minister claims that Rwanda does not use the Pegasus software. It denies the espionage of the Carine Kanimba phone or potential activists, journalists, lawyers, political or other personalities. "False charges", according to him.

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