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The governments of five countries in Europe used Pegasus spyware. The Israeli company NSO Group, a well-known supplier of spyware, admitted this to the European Union.
According to a Politico report, the NSO Group acknowledged that it “made mistakes” and stressed the need for an international standard to regulate government use of spyware. Due to erroneous actions, the NSO Group had to terminate a “major contract” with an EU member state that used surveillance software.
The names of the countries involved in this scandal have not been named.
Earlier, the European Parliament announced the creation of a special committee to investigate alleged violations of EU law after it became clear that spyware is being used to spy on the phones of politicians, diplomats, and political activists. The committee is to study existing national laws to regulate surveillance and find out if Pegasus spyware has been used for political purposes against journalists, politicians and lawyers, the European Parliament announced in March 2022.
In particular, Pegasus is known to have been used to spy on Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. Hungary, Poland, Saudi Arabia, India, the United Arab Emirates and other countries are also accused of using Pegasus.