Mexico opposition officials targeted by government spying: report

6/29/2017 Reuters

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)Three senior opposition officials in Mexico, including a party leader, were targeted with spying software sold to governments to fight criminals and terrorists, according to a report by researchers at the University of Toronto.

The officials, who included conservative National Action Party (PAN) head Ricardo Anaya, received text messages linked to software known as Pegasus, which Israeli company NSO Group only sells to governments, the report by Citizen Lab said.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has asked the attorney general’s office to investigate charges that the government spied on private citizens, saying he wanted to get to the bottom of the accusations that he called “false.”

Last week, Citizen Lab, a group of researchers at the University of Toronto’s Monk School, identified 12 activists, human-rights lawyers and journalists who had also seen attempts to infect their phones with the powerful spyware.

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