Spyware has been found on the mobile phones of Pedro Sánchez, prime minister of Spain, and Margarita Robles, the country’s minister of defence.
The Spanish government revealed in a press conference given Monday morning that the phones had been infected withy Pegasus spyware, extracting data from both devices.
Félix Bolaños, the minister for the presidency, said that the PM’s phone was targeted in May and June 2021, while Robles’s was illegally monitored in June 2021.
Bolaños has not named a culprit, but has said that the attack was most likely “carried out by non-official bodies and without state authorization,” as Spanish ;aw requires for monitoring activity to have judicial authorisation.
The matter is now being investigated by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court.