World Case Pegasus: Macron summons an "exceptional" defense council this Thursday
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.
Following Revelations on thePhone Number among Targets Potential of the , designed by the Israeli company NSO, the head of state will bring together this Thursday, July 22 an "exceptional dedicated dedicated defense council and the question of cybersecurity", announced The Government spokesman Gabriel Attal.
"The President of the Republic follows this case closest to this issue and takes this case very seriously," he said on France-Inter, recalling that France continued its investigations. If what has been revealed [...] is confirmed and proven, it is very serious. "
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.
" There is no security problem "
" A number of mobile phones from policymakers, journalists, lawyers have been targeted and this investigation does not say whether these phones have been actually infected, If data has been removed, "he recalled, adding:
video: Pegasus case: Emmanuel Macron in the potential targets of the spyware (France 24)" We discover Not the issue of cyberfense and cybersecurity and the form of war on cyber networks for many years now.
also responding to the potential shortcomings on the Elysee's side on security issues, the government spokesman has been defended. "I can tell you that the President of the Republic's phones are changed regularly," he said, there is no security problem.
Has the government 's challenge also recalled, it is to "protect others and the economic and public sectors in our country. We put 100 million euros to equip our hospitals, help our local communities that can also be victims of attacks in our country. It's been a year since we deploy this plan. "
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.