French President Emmanuel Macron was reportedly among potential targets of surveillance by spyware

Israel to share NSO findings with France

President Emmanuel Macron’s phone was on a list of targets that were possibly under surveillance by Morocco, which used NSO’s Pegasus software, according to France’s Le Monde newspaper.

The French leader has called for an investigation.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s office said he would fly out on Wednesday to meet French counterpart Florence Parly for talks about Lebanon’s governance crisis and Iran’s nuclear diplomacy.

“He (Gantz) will also update the minister on the topic of NSO,” the office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Gantz’s ministry, which oversees commercial exports of cyber-surveillance technologies, is part of a high-level task force assessing allegations about Pegasus that were published last week by 17 media organisations led by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden Stories.

The media organisations said Pegasus had been used in attempted and successful hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials and human rights activists.

NSO has rejected the reporting, saying it was “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories”.

Pegasus is intended for use only by government intelligence and law-enforcement agencies to fight terrorism and crime, the company said.

Read the article by Dan Williams in The Canberra Times.