French President Emmanuel Macron schedules a national security meeting Thursday morning over the Pegasus spy software scandal.

A government spokesman told the French news agency

AFP

.

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

The Washington Post

newspaper

.

On Tuesday, it emerged that the king of Morocco, Mohammed VI, was also a possible target.

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

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