UK official networks, PMO infiltrated using Pegasus, says research centre report

New Delhi, 19/4: Operators in India, Cyprus, UAE and Jordan used the Pegasus spyware to hack the official networks of senior government officials in the United Kingdom, including those with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office, according to a report by a Canadian research centre.


The breaches are believed to have taken place in 2020 and 2021. The report, published by Citizen Labs, said that there were several instances of infiltration detected. “These included the Prime Minister’s Office (10 Downing Street) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) … the suspected infections relating to the FCO were associated with Pegasus operators that we link to the UAE, India, Cyprus, and Jordan. The suspected infection at the UK Prime Minister’s Office was associated with a Pegasus operator we link to the UAE,” the report said.

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