• Spain The Government denounces that the cell phones of Pedro Sánchez and Margarita Robles have been intervened by Pegasus in an "external attack"

  • International Who's who of the victims of phones infected by Pegasus

The Government has reported this Sunday that the mobile phones of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, were subjected to "illegal and external" wiretapping by the

Pegasus

program , according to two technical reports from

the Cryptologic Center National

.

But

what is Pegasus and which politicians has it spied on?

What is Pegasus?

The Pegasus

spyware

is the work of the Israeli company NSO.

Considered the most penetrating cyber espionage

software

in the world, it is capable of penetrating a mobile phone, sucking up all its information, activating its camera or even recovering deleted messages in the past without the user being aware of the infiltration.

The police use of

Pegasus

in

Israel

began in 2015 and was promoted by Chief Inspector

Roni Alsheij

, who would have brought to the Police espionage practices used in his previous position as number two of the internal secret service against Palestinian armed groups.

This type of spyware or

spyware

exploits vulnerabilities in the operating system, usually by sending a message.

Once the malicious message is opened, the infected mobile responds to orders from the

spyware

.

Which Spanish politicians has Pegasus spied on?

Pedro Sanchez and Margarita Robles

According to reports from the Cryptologic Center, there were two Pegasus

spyware intrusions

in the mobile phone of the Prime Minister,

Pedro Sánchez

, in May 2021, and one in that of the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, in June of that same year. , with no evidence that there was any later.

The illegal intervention has been verified during an investigation that is still underway and that will reach all members of the Government.

At the moment, the Government does emphasize that these intrusions through the

Pegasus

espionage system are "illicit" and "external".

60 Catalan independence leaders

The

independentists

' complaint stems from an article published in

The New Yorker

with data obtained by the Canadian laboratory

The Citizen Lab

, which would indicate that some 60 pro-independence leaders have been infected with the

Pegasus

cyber espionage program .

The entire independence movement, beginning with the Government, accuses Spain and its institutions of being behind this espionage.

According to the information, among the more than 60 mobile devices of pro-independence leaders are those of

Pere Aragonès

, former presidents

Artur Mas

and

Quim Torra

, as well as other pro-independence leaders such as the president of the Parliament,

Laura Borràs

, the councilor in Barcelona

Elsa Artadi

or

Toni Comin

MEP

.

Carles Puigdemont

could also have been spied

on through people close to him such as his wife

Marcela Topor

, his lawyer

Gonzalo Boye

and his adviser and friend

Joan Matamala

, since the mobile system of the former president and current MEP makes it difficult to certify that he has been infected. with

Pegasus

.

According to the body dependent on the Canadian University of Toronto, only the general secretary of Junts -then president of the ANC-,

Jordi Sànchez

, had been spied on with

Mariano Rajoy

in power.

It would have happened, specifically, in 2017, coinciding with the highest point of the secessionist process, since in that year the 1-O and the unilateral declaration of independence took place.

Despite the fact that the

National Intelligence

Center (

CNI

) would have acquired the purchase of the spy program in 2016 and, therefore, during the last

popular

Government , the document on which the secessionists base all their accusations indicates that more than 90% of The punctures were made after the investiture of

Sánchez

in June 2018.

Specifically, 35 of the 37 that

Citizen Lab

has managed to locate temporarily took place as of October 2019, this is from the procés trial and when the current President of the Government managed to revalidate his position thanks to the support he received from

ERC

in exchange of the setting up of the "negotiation table on the conflict".

It is not the first time that the name of Catalan leaders investigated with

Pegasus

has been leaked ,

Since a few months ago it was known that

Roger Torrent

,

Jordi Puigneró

and

Ernest Maragall

were spied on, although at the time the Government expressed its concern about this situation.

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