Two years after a joint investigation by the Guardian and El País revealed the apparent use of Pegasus spyware to target senior pro-independence Catalan politicians, the Spanish government finds itself beset by internal and external cyber espionage scandals that have led to the sacking of the country’s intelligence chief
What is Pegasus?
Pegasus is spyware, manufactured by the Israeli NSO Group, which allows its operator to access everything on a target’s mobile phone, including emails, text messages and photographs. It can also activate the phone’s recorder and camera, turning it into a listening device. According to NSO Group, Pegasus is only sold to governments to track criminals and terrorists.