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Saturday, 03 December 2022 12:14 GMT

Under Lopez, Pegasus spyware assaults on journalists, activists in Mexico continued


(MENAFN) Between 2019 and 2021, a Mexican digital rights organization discovered Pegasus spyware infections on the phones of at least two journalists and a human rights advocate in Mexico.

According to a fresh claim, their phones were infected with the infamous Israeli malware during President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's tenure.

Obrador, who assumed power in late 2018, swore to end the use of the malware after a scandal developed over its usage during his predecessor's presidency.

According to a study issued on Sunday by the Mexican digital rights organization R3D (Red en los Defensa de los Derechos Digitales), the malware targeted two journalists who reported on topics connected to institutional corruption and a famous human rights advocate.

The infections were discovered years after the first reports of Pegasus abuses in Mexico, which targeted investigative journalists, lawyers for cartel victims' families, anti-corruption organizations, prominent legislators, and international investigators looking into enforced disappearances, among others.

NSO's Pegasus malware is used to surreptitiously sneak into mobile phones and spy on personal information such as text messages, passwords, geolocation, and microphone and camera receivers.

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