France’s former armed forces minister Florence Parly was unknowingly targeted while in office by the secret Pegasus spyware, sold to governments by Israeli surveillance technology firm NSO Group, bringing the total number of French ministers whose phones were infected with the eavesdropping tool – along with that of President Emmanuel Macron – to seven, Mediapart has learnt. A judicial investigation has established that at least 23 people in France, including journalists as well as politicians, fell victim to the spyware between 2019 and 2020. Fabrice Arfi and Ellen Salvi report.
May 22, 2023
France’s armed forces minister was targeted by the Pegasus spyware, sold to states worldwide by Israeli surveillance technology firm NSO Group, bringing the known number of French ministers whose phones were infected with the software, along with that of President Emmanuel Macron, to seven.
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