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Poland “purchased” Israeli powerful Pegasus spyware

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the Polish ruling Conservative Party, claims that this technology is being used to combat crime and corruption in Poland.

Kaczynski denies that surveillance technology has played a role in the outcome of the 2019 elections. (Reuters Archive)

Poland’s most powerful politician admitted that the country had purchased advanced spyware from Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, which was used to target his political opponents. Denied.

In an interview on Friday, Poland’s ruling conservative law and justice leader Jaroslaw Kachinsky said software Pegasus is currently being used by secret services to combat crime and corruption in many countries. Stated.

“It would be bad if Polish services didn’t have this type of tool,” Kaczynski said in an interview in the Monday edition of the weekly magazine Sieci.

He said Pegasus represents a technological advance over previous surveillance systems that did not allow services to monitor encrypted messages.

The interview follows an Associated Press report that Citizen Lab, a cyberwatch dog group at the University of Toronto, discovered that three Polish government critics had been hacked with NSO’s Pegasus spyware.

On Thursday, Amnesty International independently examined Citizen Lab’s findings that Sejms of the Republic of Poland, Krzysztof Brejza, were hacked many times in 2019 during an opposition parliamentary election campaign.

The text message stolen from Bresiza’s cell phone was broadcast to doctors by state television as part of the Smear Campaign in the midst of a race in which the populist ruling party won slightly.

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The revelation shook Poland, eliciting a comparison with the Watergate scandal in the United States in the 1970s, and eliciting a request from an investigative commission in Congress.

Two other Polish targets identified by Citizen Lab are Roman Guertic, a lawyer representing opposition politicians in many politically sensitive cases, and Ewaulzosek, an independent prosecutor. did.

According to media reports, Poland purchased Pegasus in 2017 using funds from a so-called judicial fund aimed at helping victims of crime and rehabilitating criminals.

According to a daily survey by TVN broadcasters and Gazeta Wyborcza, it is used by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, a special service created to combat the corruption of public life under the political control of the ruling party.

Kaczynski’s allies had previously denied Poland had purchased and used Pegasus.

Since 2015, NSO Group malware has been used to eavesdrop on journalists, politicians, diplomats, lawyers and human rights activists from the Middle East to Mexico, many of which were discovered by the Global Media Consortium last year. ..

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Source: AP

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