Mexico critics targeted with spyware
PROMINENT Mexican journalists, activists and lawyers who have been outspoken critics of their government have been targets of a spyware that government agencies acquired under the guise of fighting terrorism, a new New York Times investigation has revealed.
The report says at least three federal agencies have bought spyware from an Israeli company for a sum of $80 million since 2011.
One software – Pegasus – can hack a smartphone and acquire calls, text messages and e-mails, as well as control the device’s microphone and camera.
Lawyers working on the case of 43 Ayotzinapa students forcibly disappeared in 2014, who have accused the government of negligence and an attempted cover-up of the iconic incident, received fake messages with a link to a story related to the case.
According to the report, such text messages functioned to open a phone up to the spyware.
“We have always suspected they spied on us and listened to us,” Mario Patron, one of the lawyers involved in the case told the New York Times. teleSUR