World Case Pegasus: Emmanuel Macron convenes a defense council
Probe: Journalists, activists among firm's spyware targets
BOSTON (AP) — An investigation by a global media consortium based on leaked targeting data provides further evidence that military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group, the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire outfit, is being used to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. From a list of more than 50,000 cellphone numbers obtained by the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and the human rights group Amnesty International and shared with 16 news organizations, journalists were able to identify more than 1,000 individuals in 50 countries who were allegedly selected by NSO clients for potential surveillance.
President Emmanuel Macron will bring together Thursday morning an "exceptional defense dedicated tocase and the question of cybersecurity," announced the Gabriel Attal government spokesman. "The President of the Republic follows this file closely and takes this matter very seriously," he said on France Inter, recalling that France pursued its investigations after the revelations on the presence of Emmanuel's phones Macron among the potential targets of the spyware.
NSO Group's Pegasus spyware used against journalists, political activists worldwide: report
A probe into the group suggests that its products are being used for purposes beyond criminal or terrorist investigations.Privacy advocates worry that we're sleepwalking into a world of surveillance.
"This survey does not say if its phones have been actually infected, if data has been removed, and so that's what is being watched," said Gabriel Attal.a very serious "
Tuesday, the world and Radio France, which are part of the Consortium of 17 media at the origin of the revelations on a mass spying system linked to the Pegasus software,, user of the Spy PEGASUS software, for piracy potential".
A safe source had ensured at AFP on Wednesday. , for the mobile phones of Emmanuel Macron, "the security settings are the most restrictive possible and the application installations and downloads are blocked." "It's a case that, if what was revealed by Radio France ( And the newspaper Le Monde) is confirmed and proven, is very serious, "said Thursday Gabriel Attal.Better protecting state services against cyberattacks
" Phones (President) are changed regularly. There are a number of security settings that protect, which are changed very regularly. There are protections that are made, "said the spokesperson, asked about a possible negligence at the summit of the state. Gabriel Attal also said that" protect others (targeted people), the sectors public and economic "of the country, recalling that a" 100 million euros "plan had been launched for a year to" equip our hospitals and help our local communities "to cope with cyber attacks.
Pegasus Software: The Israeli Defense Minister explains itself in Paris .
Benny Gantz goes this week in Paris to "keep abreast" the French authorities of the latest developments on this Israeli cybersecurity company © Joël Saget The Israeli computer security company NSO is at the origin of the pegasus espionage software (illustration). Diplomacy - Benny Gantz goes this week in Paris to "keep abreast of" the French authorities of the latest developments on this Israeli cybersecurity company after the revelations, the explanations.