The phones of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Minister of Defense Margarita Robles were found to have been infected with the Pegasus spyware.
According to Spanish Presidency Minister Felix Bolanos, Sanchez’s phone was infected with Pegasus in May of last year while Robles’ computer was infected in June.
“The interventions were illicit and external. External means carried out by non-official bodies and without state authorization,” said Bolanos without mentioning individuals or groups,
Other government officials have also been checked to see if they have fallen victim to the Pegasus spyware.
Sanchez had 2.6 GB of data stolen during the first intrusion, and 130 MB in the second while Robles only lost nine megabytes.
The Spanish government said that the attack was “unrelated to State agencies”, including the National Intelligence Center (CNI) which also uses Pegasus.
“One of the conclusions reached by the Government is that we reinforce the security systems. We are going to put all the knowledge and capabilities of the central government at the disposal of regional governments and parliaments”, said Bolanos.
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