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Spain fires intelligence chief amid phone hacking scandals

May. 10, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's government fired the director of the country's top intelligence agency Tuesday following the hacking of politicians’ cellphones, including the devices of the prime minister and several supporters of the Catalonia region’s secession. The National...

Catalan: Spain spy chief admits legally hacking some phones

May. 05, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A leading Catalan separatist politician said Thursday that Spain's top intelligence official acknowledged that her agency had hacked into the cellphones of “some” of the dozens of politicians reported to be targeted by spyware but she said it had proper judicial...

Spain govt says it has nothing to hide in spyware scandals

May. 03, 2022 09:53 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government said Tuesday it had nothing to hide amid mounting unease over national security controversies involving Pegasus spyware, including the hacking of the prime minister's cellphone and spying on Catalan separatists by unknown agents. Cabinet...

Spain: 2021 spyware attack targeted prime minister's phone

May. 02, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The cellphones of Spain's prime minister and defense minister were infected last year with Pegasus spyware, which is available only to countries' government agencies, authorities announced Monday. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s mobile phone was breached twice in...

Spain’s government says cellphones of prime minister, defense minister infected in 'external' spyware attack

May. 02, 2022 03:56 AM EDT
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government says cellphones of prime minister, defense minister infected in 'external' spyware attack.

Spain vows to be transparent in probe of Pegasus spyware use

Apr. 24, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities are pledging full transparency as they launch inquiries into allegations that the phones of dozens of supporters of Catalan independence were hacked with powerful and controversial spyware only sold to government agencies. An internal probe by the...

Catalan chief accuses Spain's intelligence agency of hacking

Apr. 21, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The head of Catalonia's regional government is accusing Spain's intelligence agency of conducting what he calls “massive political espionage” on the northeastern region's independence movement and says that relations with Spain's national authorities are “on hold" as a...

Spain: Hacked Catalans to launch a legal bid on spyware use

Apr. 19, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Separatist politicians and activists from Catalonia on Tuesday announced a legal offensive in half a dozen countries against the Spanish state and the Israeli owners of a controversial spyware allegedly used to snoop on them. The head of the Catalan and...

Spyware use on separatists in Spain "extensive," group says

Apr. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The phones of dozens of pro-independence supporters in Spain's northeastern Catalonia, including the regional chief and other elected officials, were hacked with controversial spyware available only to governments, a cybersecurity rights group said Monday. Citizen...

NSO turns to US Supreme Court for immunity in WhatsApp suit

Apr. 11, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli spyware maker NSO Group is turning to the U.S. Supreme Court as it seeks to head off a high-profile lawsuit filed by the WhatsApp messaging service. In a filing to the Supreme Court, NSO said it should be recognized as a foreign government agent and...