The scandal surrounding the Pegasus spy software is spreading.

Even the phones of the King of Morocco and French President Emmanuel Macron may have been digitally infiltrated.

The Israeli software, originally intended to track down terrorists, is said to have been used to spy on journalists, activists and lawyers.

This was revealed by research by a number of international media companies, including

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It now appears that the king of Morocco, Mohammed VI, was also a possible target.

Macron and several prime ministers, including the former Belgian government leader Charles Michel, are also on the list of more than 50,000 songs on which the advanced Pegasus spyware could be released.

Because the smartphones of these high-ranking officials are not available for verification, it is not known whether they were actually hacked,

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So it remains unclear whether anyone has succeeded in "turning these highly personal devices into pocket spies capable of tracking almost all of a national leader's movements, communications and personal relationships," according to the daily.

French justice has opened investigation after complaints from journalists

It was recently revealed that Pegasus, made by Israeli cybersecurity company NSO Group, is being misused by governments to spy on critical journalists, human rights activists, businessmen and opposition members through infected smartphones, among others.

The driving force behind the extensive Pegasus research is the organization Forbidden Stories in Paris.

The French judicial authorities have now started an investigation after complaints from two journalists.

See also: Why Pegasus spy software has been controversial for years

Luxembourg calls on NSO Group to comply with law

Morocco is mentioned as a country involved in the espionage, but the authorities there deny it.

Other governments are also mentioned, such as that of Israel.

Meanwhile, the government of Luxembourg is warning the NSO Group, which has nine companies in the country, to comply with the law.

Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn "emphasizes" the companies that Luxembourg "will literally fulfill its export control obligations".

Luxembourg will "not allow the activities of these companies out of Luxembourg to contribute to human rights abuses in other countries," the government said.


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