Two hundred Jordanian phones hacked by two Israeli spyware

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Among the victims of hacking: members of the Royal Hashemite Court, the Jordanian Olympic Committee, activists and politicians or even Hanan El-Atr, or the companion of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

An unprecedented security breach in the Jordanian kingdom, which worries human rights associations.

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From our correspondent in Amman

,

Hermine Le Clech

The two software used can infiltrate phones, recover data, access photos, messages, and even record conversations.

Characteristics close to the Pegasus program, belonging to the Israeli group NSO.

►Also listen: “Pegasus” scandal: “This software is used to monitor the population at large”

Already on January 17, an investigation by the human rights group

Front Line Defenders

(FLD) and the non-profit digital rights group

Access Now

revealed that the Jordanian activist Hala Ahed had been infected .

by the Pegasus software.

His name appears again among the lists of infected victims.

The second suspected Israeli company is called QuaDream.

Smaller than Pegasus, it also develops phone hacking tools for government customers.

However, the investigation does not determine whether this espionage is the work of local or international actors.

Suspicion hangs over the Jewish state, whose police admitted last week to having tracked dozens of Israeli personalities using Pegasus software, including relatives of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

►Also read: Israel accused of using Pegasus spyware against its own citizens

The Jordanian authorities have not yet given an official position on these revelations, but several Jordanian human rights activists and groups have announced that they are taking the case to court.

The director of the Center for the Defense of Journalists' Freedom, Nidal Mansour, called on the Jordanian government to " 

open an investigation

 ".

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