In El Salvador, 22 journalists were hacked by Pegasus spyware

According to a survey published on Wednesday January 12, more than half of the staff of the famous Salvadoran investigation site The lighthouse was the victim of an attack, via the software of Israeli origin Pegasus, one of the most massive since the start of the scandal. Main suspect: the government of President Nayib Bukele, which denies it.

More than half of the personnel of the Salvadoran investigation site The lighthouse, internationally known, was hacked, at least between June 2020 and November 2021, via Israeli firm NSO’s Pegasus spyware – sold to many governments.

Among those targeted are mainly members of the media’s editorial staff such as editorial director Oscar Martínez, whose iPhone has been attacked no less than 42 times.

The information disclosed on Wednesday January 12 comes from a report drawn up following a technical investigation conducted by The Citizen Lab, a laboratory specializing in cybersecurity at the University of Toronto, and Access Now, an NGO dedicated to protection of digital rights.

“The conclusion, validated by Amnesty International, is without appeal, written this Wednesday January 12th The lighthouse in a long article. The phones of twenty-two site members fell victim to the software […] In total, this represents 226 attacks. ”

“Impressive and obsessive”

The site continues:

In other words, it amounts to seventeen months of continuous espionage with full access to the phones of more than half of the staff. ”

It would be the most massive attack ever recorded since the start of the




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