Spain: Prime minister’s phone “targeted with Pegasus spyware”

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The Spanish government has said the mobile phones of the prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, and the defence minister, Margarita Robles, were both infected last year with the Pegasus spyware that its manufacturers claim is available only to state agencies. In a hastily convened press conference on Monday morning, Félix Bolanos, the minister for the presidency, said Sanchez’s phone was targeted in May and June 2021, while Robles’s was targeted in June 2021. Data was extracted from both phones. Bolanos said the ‘illicit’ and ‘external’ targeting would be investigated by Spain’s highest criminal court, the Audiencia Nacional, adding the targeting must have come from abroad as any such monitoring in Spain would have had required judicial authorisation.” (05/02/22)