There’s been a huge revelation in the ongoing saga of the Israel-based NSO Group Pegasus spyware scandal. To recap, NSO Group was recently blacklisted by the United States after months ago a major journalistic investigation exposed that the technology was repeatedly used by abusive governments to infiltrate the devices of journalists, activists, and even foreign government officials – on up to the communication devices of President Emmanuel Macron.
Now, a breaking Reuters story has confirmed that several Biden administration officials were also hacked by Pegasus, in the first such revelation involving the targeting of US government officials.
“Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter,” Reuters writes.
The report details the hacks occurred within the “last several months” and the officials under surveillance included State Department staff in East Africa, with Uganda specifically named as their host country.
The report says the identity of what entity or which country may have been behind the targeting of American officials remains unknown at this point.