EU Parliament begins investigation into Pegasus spyware against MEPs – Greece targeted by Israel company.
Greece targeted by Israel
The EU Parliament committee charged with investigating Pegasus spyware activities began its work on Tuesday, looking into numerous cases, including accusations of spying against Hungary, Poland, and Greece.
Greek MEPs were targeted during the financial crisis when the country was considering leaving the EU.
The software was produced by an Israeli company alongside the Israeli government.
“While we do not currently attribute this operation to specific governmental entities, circumstantial evidence suggests a strong nexus with the government of Spain,
Including the nature of the victims and targets, the timing, and the fact that Spain is reported to be a government client of NSO Group,” Citizen Lab stated in its report.
Investigation into Pegasus spyware
In Spain, at least 65 people, including three Catalan presidents and four MEPs, are said to have been spied on between 2017 and 2020.
A new investigation led by Citizen Lab, a leading Canadian research group, says the Spanish authorities are most likely behind the spyware attack, which is believed to cost hundreds of millions of euros.
Dozens of pro-independence Catalan politicians and activists have been targeted by Pegasus spyware, the investigation claims.
Former Spanish president and now Brussels lawmaker Carles Puigdemont — who is calling for an inquiry at the EU level — says his wife, lawyer and many of his staff were also targets of the Pegasus attacks.
“We as MEPs, and even one of our assistants, have been spied on with Pegasus while working in this house, putting at risk the communications of the whole [European] Parliament,” Puigdemont said on Tuesday.