Several high-ranking members of the European Commission have been spied on through their mobile phones. This is reported by the British press agency Reuters, informed directly by the institution. The name of Pegasus is not mentioned in the press release, which speaks of another software “Israeli” from the same developer: ForcedEntry.
Edited by the NSO Group, this program would have damaged the device of five people, including Didier Reynders, previously Belgian Federal Minister of Defense and currently in charge of judicial matters in Brussels. It was between February and September 2021 that the infection would have spread, in all discretion before Apple finally alerted the victims recently.
Didier Reynders, suspected of corruption
Reynders’ involvement in this case is not surprising, as the politician has already been involved in other particularly controversial cases. In 2011 in particular, the former president of the Reform Movement helped to put in place legislation favoring businessmen suspected of fraud and corruption.
But that’s not all, since the current European Commissioner for justice (!) also visited a saudi prince convicted in absentia by French courts and suspected of links with terrorist organizations in Syria. This is without counting the charges brought in 2019 and having led to an investigation aimed at determining whether the ex-minister received bribes on the public market, certain transactions mixing shell companies, arms dealers and presidential election. in Congo.
A designated manager
Saudi Arabia could therefore very well hide behind this hack, given that the royal family has already been pinned there for having most likely hacked another iPhone: that of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Apple, for its part, unsurprisingly did not wish to comment on this news. Reuters has not been able to determine with certainty who is behind this illegal intrusion or even if it has been able to bear fruit. If so, compromising information definitively incriminating Reynders could however leak in the coming weeks. Decorated with the Legion of Honorhe has indeed never been sentenced and remains in office to this day, married to the President of the Liège Court of Appeal and brother of the former King’s Prosecutor in the Walloon economic capital.