EU’s Vestager Eliminates Spyware Threat – POLITICO

On Thursday, Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s top digital affairs official, appeared to play down the threat of being spied on using software like Pegasus, saying her phone and devices contain only “boring” information.

“Most of my streams are so boring that even if you had access to them, you’d be thinking, ‘Oh my god, that woman, she has no life,'” she said at the AI ​​and Tech Summit. from POLITICO.

His comments come just days after it emerged that dozens of political figures in Catalonia had their devices exploited using Pegasus spyware. The region’s president, Pere Aragonès, is already seeking support from the European Commission to pressure the Spanish government to investigate allegations that Madrid were behind the espionage activity. And last week Reuters also reported that senior EU officials were also being targeted by the spyware.

Pegasus technology, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, allows users, mainly national authorities, to access victims’ phones, including encrypted messages, and activate the camera and microphone without any action on the part of of the victim.

The Danish politician said she and her colleagues are careful to take precautions against spyware, such as leaving phones and devices out of the room for confidential discussions.

“The Commission of course, our services, they do their best to protect each one of us,” she said.


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