Phones of five French ministers found to be infected by Pegasus spyware

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The mobile phones of five French government ministers were targeted by the Pegasus spyware sold to states worldwide by Israeli surveillance technology firm NSO Group, Mediapart can reveal. The presence of “markers” left by the spyware were discovered by an official French probe involving technical analyses of the devices. The development follows on revelations, first published in July, which found evidence that the surveillance tool was notably employed by NSO clients around the globe to target journalists, including two from Mediapart, politicians and regime opponents. Fabrice Arfi and Ellen Salvi report.

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The mobile phones of at least five French government ministers were targeted by the Pegasus surveillance spyware in 2019 and 2020, Mediapart has learnt from concurring sources.