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Report: Mexico Has Been Targeting Journalists By Hacking Their Phones

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 Ukshep    24,153

The Mexican government has been allegedly spying on journalists and activists by sending them text messages with secret viruses, according to a new report.

The Citizen Lab, an arm of the University of Toronto, furthered a longer term investigation into the country’s alleged targeting tactics, along with non-governmental organizations focused on freedom of expression, like Article 19, R3D, and SocialTic.

The consortium said they found more than 76 infected messages sent to Mexican journalists, lawyers, and even a minor between January 2015 and July 2016. The targets are people who have been conducting their own investigations into the Mexican government’s alleged corruption and participation in human rights abuses. Some of the text message operators tried impersonating the U.S. Embassy to Mexico to feign legitimacy. At least one of the targets, according to Citizen Lab, received a malware-infected message that feigned to be from the U.S. government and had a listed location within the confines of America. At least one other target was reportedly a U.S. citizen.

Once a phone is infected, the malware known as Pegasus can take over a phone and essentially use it as a tool to constantly spy on an unsuspecting owner. An infected mobile device can then be reconfigured to record audio and even trigger the phone’s video recoding capabilities.


I can't say I'm surprised to be honest! What governments are not doing this right now?

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