They investigate whether another 150 people were spied on with Pegasus


The Citizen Lab platform, linked to the University of Toronto, is investigating whether another 150 people were spied on with the Pegasus program, in addition to the 65 linked to the independence movement that were already known, according to ‘El Confidencial’.

Citizen Lab has started a second phase of the study on the case, the first results of which were made public two weeks ago, and it has done so in cooperation with those affected by the first wiretaps, since they suspect that the espionage could have reached another 150 people.

According to the cited newspaper, the investigation indicates that among these individuals on whom verifications are carried out, there would be journalists from different Catalan and national media, cooperators and advisers.

Specifically, it indicates that, according to the sources consulted, Pegasus had access to other phone numbers stored in the phones that it detected first. Thus, the hundred new allegedly affected are at a second level of public relevance

Among the new devices that would have been accessed with Pegasus, there would also be members of civil society linked to the Òmnium and ANC associations, or to the Defense Committees of the Republic.

For this second phase of the investigation, Citizen Lab already has systems with which it can verify Pegasus’ intervention beyond iOS systems –the first 65 numbers detected are iPhones–. In this way, the platform of the University of Toronto would have found 200 SMS camouflaged in news or notifications through which mobile devices were accessed.

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