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US News Case Pegasus: American diplomats hacked via their iPhones!

00:17  04 december  2021
00:17  04 december  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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New revelations were published on Friday concerning the Pegasus scandal, one of the most serious generalized surveillance cases, conducted via spyware developed by the Israeli NSO firm.

According to sources cited by 'Reuters', the cell phones of at least nine employees of the US State Department have been hacked with sophisticated spyware developed by the Israeli NSO firm, creator of Spy PEGASUS software.

According to four people from the file, the piracy, which took place in recent months, targeted US officials based in Uganda or working on issues related to this East African country, said two of the sources.

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These intrusions represent the largest known hacking of American officials through the technology developed by NSO. The Pegasus case had been revealed last summer by a survey conducted by a consortium of 17 international media.

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The 'Washington Post' refers to its side of 11 diplomats spied through their iPhones, including several Americans. According to the US daily, Apple alerted these 11 diplomats that their smartphones had been hacked in recent months by the NSO software.

Last week, the firm at the apple had risen to the niche against the Israeli start-up, by filing a complaint against NSO, asking justice to definitely prohibit NSO programs on its devices and services. "In the consumer electronics market, Apple's devices are the safest, but companies that develop spyware on behalf of states have become even more dangerous," said Craig Federighi, the Vice -President of Apple, loaded with software.

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For its part, the United States Commerce Department announced on November 3 to have placed NSO Group on a blacklist of companies subject to significant export and import restrictions.

Leaders of the Uganda Embassy in Washington have not commented. A spokesman for Apple, whose phones were used by the employees of the Targeted State Department, and a spokesman for the State Department also refused any comments, "Reuters' said Friday.

NSO ensures cooperation with the NSO

investigators, already questioned for espionage of heads of state and hundreds of government representatives in the world (including French), said Thursday in a statement that he has no indication that his Software has been used, but that he had suspended the accounts concerned and that he would investigate the basis of Reuters' information.

"If our survey shows that these actions have actually occurred with the NSO tools, the customer concerned will see his definitively terminated account and legal actions will be engaged," said a spokesman for NSO, who added that the Group "will cooperate with any competent governmental authority and will present all the information we will have".

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NSO has long claimed to sell its products only to law enforcement and intelligence customers to help them monitor threats to safety, and that it was not directly involved in surveillance operations.

According to the survey conducted by the media consortium, Pegasus would have made it possible to spy on numbers of many public personalities, including several French ministers, even the French president Emmanuel Macron. The cybersurveillance program would also have made it possible to spy on the numbers of journalists, politicians, activists or business leaders from different countries. Following this case, NSO had to postpone its introductory projects on the stock market at 2023 at the earliest.

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