Spanish officials said Monday that the prime minister’s and defense minister’s cellphones were hacked spyware Pegasus last year.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s cell phone was hacked twice in May 2021, while Defense Minister Margarita Robles’ cell phone was targeted once the following month, Presidential Affairs Minister Felix Bolanos said at a hasty press conference.
Bolanos said the hack resulted in large amounts of data being accessed illegally. He added that a report detailing the hack had been submitted to the Spanish National Court for further investigation.
“We have no doubt that this was an unauthorized intervention,” Bolanos said. “The hacking was carried out by a foreign party who did not have judicial authorization.”
The Spanish government itself is currently under pressure to explain why the phones of dozens of people connected to the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region were hacked by Pegasus between 2017 and 2020, according to cybersecurity expert group Citizen Lab.
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