Spain resumes investigation into Pegasus spyware incident after requesting cooperation from France

MADRID (AP) – A Spanish judge has reopened an investigation into allegations of spying on Spain’s prime minister’s cell phone, following a request for cooperation in a similar investigation in France.

A judge at Spain’s national court said Tuesday there was reason to believe that new information provided by France “will allow us to move the investigation forward.”

Both investigations concern the alleged use of Pegasus spyware developed by Israel’s NSO Group. This spyware can silently infiltrate mobile phones and other devices to collect data and spy on their owners. NSO claims it is only available to governments to combat terrorism and other security threats.

Pegasus is Previously targeted over 1,000 people in 50 countriesThis includes activists and journalists, according to Security researchers and 2021 global media survey.

In May 2022, Spain’s Prime Minister announced the following: Pedro Sanchez and his three ministersPeople including the Minister of Defense and the Minister of the Interior were targeted by Pegasus spyware. The resulting judicial inquiry was provisionally shelved due to lack of results.

French President Emmanuel Macron and several ministers also Targeted by Pegasus.

In another case of Pegasus’ alleged spying in Spain, the Spanish government admitted using Pegasus to hack people’s mobile phones. Catalonia’s main separatists.

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