PARIS, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - French President Emmanuel Macron has changed cell phones and phone numbers in light of the Pegasus spyware affair, a presidential official said on Thursday, in one of the first concrete actions announced in connection with the scandal.
"He 's got multiple phone numbers. That doesn ' t mean he was spied on. It 's just extra security", the official told Hfrance.fr Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the president's security protocols were being adapted in light of the incident. A global outcry was sparked when several international media reported that Pegasus spyware was used to hack smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists and government officials in several countries.
In Israel, where NSO Group, which sells Pegasus software, is based, a senior lawmaker said a parliamentary panel could examine restrictions on the export of spyware. NSO claims that its software is used to fight crime and terrorism and has denied any wrongdoing.
"Obviously we take (this) very seriously, "Attal told reporters hours after an emergency cabinet meeting on the Pegasus allegations.
Le Monde newspaper and the Radio France radio station reported on Tuesday that theMacron's phone was on a list of potential targets for Moroccan surveillance. Both media said they did not have access to Macron's phone and could not verify ify if his phone had been spied on. learn more
Morocco has rejected these allegations.
Amid growing concern about EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin that spyware should be refused to countries where there is no judicial review.
Hungarian prosecutors on Thursday opened an investigation into several complaints received as a result of the reports.
Israel has appointed an inter-ministerial team to assess the reports based on a survey conducted by 17 medical organizationsdiats that Pegasus had been used in attempted or attempted hacking of smartphones using malware that extracts messages, records calls and secretly activates microphones. learn more
NSO has dismissed reports from media partners as "full of erroneous assumptions and unsubstantiated theories ". Hfrance.fr has not independently verified the report.
"We certainly need to re-examine this whole subject of licenses granted by DECA, "Ram Ben-Barak, head of the Knesset 's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told IDF Radio, referring to the government's export control agency defending itself.se.
The Israeli government team "will do their checks, and we'll be sure to review the results and see if we have to work things out here, "said Ben-Barak. A former deputy chief of Mossad, he said the proper use of Pegasus has "helped a lot of people ".
DECA does part of the Israeli defense. Ministry and supervises the exports of NSO. The ministry and the company have said that P egasus is intended to be used to track terrorists or criminals only, and that all foreign clients are controlled governments.
NSO says it does not know the specific identities of people that customers use Pegasus against. If it receives a complaint that Pegasus has been misused by a customer, NSO may retroactively acquire the target lists andt, if the complaint turns out to be true, unilaterally shut down that client 's software, the company indicates.
The other world leaders among those whose numbers phone calls, according to news agencies, were on a list of possible targets include Pakistani Prime Minister Imram Khan and King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Report by Dan Williams in Jerusalem and Michel Rose in Paris Report additional by Gergely Szakacs in Budapest, Myriam Rivet, Sudip Kar-Gupta in Paris Writing by Dan Williams and Ingrid Melander Editing by Gareth Jones, William Maclean
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