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CYBERSECURITY: Spain vows transparency in Pegasus probe - Analysis

Spain vows transparency in Pegasus probe - Analysis
Posted By GEO´ Newsteam - Gibraltar

AP News has reported that Spanish authorities are pledging full transparency as they launch inquiries into allegations that the phones of dozens of supporters of Catalan independence were hacked with the powerful and controversial spyware only sold to government agencies.

An internal probe by the country’s intelligence agency, (CNI) a special parliamentary commission to share its results, and a separate investigation by Spain’s ombudsman will be arranged to show that central authorities in Madrid have “nothing to hide” the minister for presidency and relations with parliament, Félix Bolaños, announced Sunday.

“The government has a clean conscience and we have nothing to hide,” Bolaños added.

Citizen Lab, an experts group linked to the University of Toronto, said traces of Pegasus and other spyware by two Israeli companies, NSO Group and Candiru, were identified in devices of 65 people, including elected officials, activists, lawyers, European lawmakers and others.

It should be pointed out that the Spanish government has not denied nor confirmed whether it uses Pegasus or other hard-to-detect spyware, saying that any surveillance is conducted under the supervision of judges. Learn More - Register Free to receive our full analysis direct to your inbox or smart device. 

Image Credit: Pool Moncloa / CNI

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