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France launches investigation into Pegasus spy software


French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said: “We are in the process of investigating, and have not ruled out my personal device.”

Pegasus software is a product developed by Israel’s NSO corporation. (Source: AFP/Getty Images)

Reuters reported, speaking on France Inter radio on July 30, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said his phone was being investigated to verify whether it was affected by spyware. Pegasus or not.

Bruno Le Maire said: “We are in the process of investigating, and have not ruled out my personal device.”

However, he declined to disclose details of the investigation.

According to an investigation by 17 media organizations, Pegasus software, a product developed by Israel’s NSO corporation, was used in attacks on smartphones of journalists, government officials and other organizations. human rights activists around the world.

Previously, the Paris-based non-profit press organization Forbidden Stories, on July 20, said the phone numbers of President Emmanuel Macron and many high-ranking officials in the French government were among the targets. potential of Pegasus tracking software, developed by Israeli company NSO.

Speaking on LCI television, the head of Forbidden Stories, Laurent Richard, said: “We have discovered these phone numbers, but cannot do a technical analysis related to Mr. Macron’s phone number.” determine if he is under the influence of this tracking software.

Responding to the above information, a spokesman for the French President’s Office said that if it is true that the president was wiretapped, “this is very serious”.

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Pegasus spyware’s “double-edged sword”

While the NSO consortium insists that Pegasus software is only used to fight terrorism and crime, Amnesty World warns, “the consequences are huge when the spyware sector is not well regulated.”

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