Emmanuel Macron’s phone ‘on list of 50,000 possible targets’ in Pegasus spyware case

SourceThe Independent
SectorFinancial Markets

French president Emmanuel Macron and Moroccan King Mohamed VI are among world leaders whose phones may have been selected as potential targets for Israeli-made spyware, a new investigation has revealed.

One thousand high-profile individuals may have been targeted with the military-grade software on behalf of other countries, according to ‘Pegasus Project’, an investigation led by Amnesty International, Paris-based nonprofit Forbidden Stories and a dozen media organisations.

The phone numbers of three presidents, 10 prime ministers and a king were among 50,000 on a leaked list obtained by the investigation.

Forensic analysis of a sample of 67 phones from the leaked data found 37 contained traces of infection or attempted infection by Pegasus spyware made by Israeli company, NSO.

In addition to Macron, the list includes phone numbers linked to the president of the European Council Charles Michel, Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and Egyptian prime minister Mostafa Madbouly.

Also on the list are Morocco’s prime minister Saad-Eddine...