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Finnish diplomacy announced that mobile phones belonging to some of its members had been targeted by the Israeli spyware Pegasus.

Mobile phones belonging to Finnish diplomats have been spied on using Israeli spyware Pegasus, the Finnish Foreign Ministry announced on 28 February.

“We can now be sure that there was spyware in our phones,” the ministry’s IT security officer, Matti Parviainen, told AFP. The devices in question were used by Finnish diplomats posted abroad. The ministry did not wish to communicate the number of employees targeted, nor to specify whether the identity of the cybercriminals is known.

“We have good assumptions” about how long the phones were spied on, Matti Parviainen also said. According to the ministry, diplomats’ phones only handle information that is either public or has the lowest security classification. However, he specifies, “the information and its source can be confidential between diplomats”.

Pegasus was at the center of a scandal last year after it published a list of around 50,000 potential surveillance targets worldwide, including journalists, politicians, lawyers and dissidents. Smartphones infected with Pegasus turn into spying devices, allowing the user to read their target’s messages, view their photos, track their location and even turn on their camera without their knowledge. The Israeli company NSO, creator of the spyware, was placed last November on the American blacklist of companies threatening state security.

The Israeli owner of Pegasus told AFP that it was only sold “to legitimate law enforcement agencies who use these systems under warrants to fight criminals, terrorists and Corruption”.

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