10 PMs, WHO chief’s staffer, Telegram founder targeted
- Telephone numbers linked to 10 Prime Ministers, three Presidents and a King appeared on the list of potential targets for spying using the Pegasus spyware of the Israeli company NSO Group, according to reports.
- The numbers connected with a former staffer of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization, and Pavel Durov, the Russian tech billionaire who founded the Telegram messaging app, are also on the list of numbers selected by NSO’s clients.
- France’s Emmanuel Macron, Iraq’s Barham Salih and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa are the Presidents on the list.
- Morocco’s Mohammed VI is the King.
- Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Egypt’s Mostafa Madbouly and Morocco’s Saad-Eddine El Othmani are the Prime Ministers on the leaked database, which also has seven former Prime Ministers, who were added to the list when they were in power.
- The Pakistan government has said it is investigating whether a number used by Mr. Khan was compromised. India has rejected surveillance allegations, saying they have “no concrete basis or truth associated with it whatsoever”.
- The Israeli company issued a statement on Tuesday evening, saying “at least three names” identified by the media reports — President Macron, King Mohammed VI and the WHO director Tedros — “are not, and never have been, targets or selected as targets of NSO Group customers”.