Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv
Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv
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PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban in Jerusalem

Hungary launch investigation into Pegasus spyware reports

Prosecutors launch the probe after police said they had received 2 complaints about the alleged spying abuses; according to local media, 300 Hungarian numbers suspected to have been targeted, including critics of PM Orban

Reuters |
Published: 07.22.21, 18:11
Hungarian prosecutors on Thursday said they had launched an investigation into suspected unlawful surveillance following multiple complaints in the wake of allegations of misuse of Israeli-made spying software.
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  • Hungarian police this week said they had received two complaints about the alleged abuses, one from a private individual and one from a politician.
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    Czech PM Andrej Babis, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban in Jerusalem
    Czech PM Andrej Babis, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban in Jerusalem
    PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban in Jerusalem
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    The investigative website Direkt36, part of a media consortium that published the expose, said a list of more than 300 Hungarian phone numbers suspected to have been targeted using the software included those of journalists, business people, lawyers and people critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.
    It's not clear which parties alleged to have deployed the "Pegasus" spyware.
    NSO Group, the Israeli developer, has rejected the reporting by the media consortium as "full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories".
    It has said Pegasus is sold only to vetted foreign governments, and only for use against terrorists or criminals.
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    Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv
    Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv
    Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv
    (Photo: AFP )
    Orban's chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, told a weekly press briefing that details about Hungarian government surveillance activity were "not public information".
    "In such issues there is only one question to be examined, namely whether intelligence gathering took place lawfully or not," he said. "We state that all secret intelligence gathering took place lawfully."
    On Monday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the government was not aware of the surveillance activity reported in international media, adding that the Information Office, an intelligence agency under his supervision, had not used Pegasus.

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