Spanish judge will ask NSO for testimony on Pegasus spyware

BARCELONA (Spain) -- A Spanish judge will travel from Spain to Israel in order to obtain testimony from NSO, the chief of tech company NSO.

Spanish judge will ask NSO for testimony on Pegasus spyware

BARCELONA (Spain) -- A Spanish judge will travel from Spain to Israel in order to obtain testimony from NSO, the chief of tech company NSO. NSO is responsible for the controversial Pegasus spyware that was used to tap Spanish politicians' phones, Spain's National Court announced Tuesday.

According to the court, Jose Luis Calama decided to head a judicial committee that will travel to Israel in order to hear testimony from the CEO of the company which commercializes the Pegasus programme.

Shalev Hulio, the CEO of Tel Aviv's NSO Group, is Shalev Hulio. The judge's visit was not scheduled by the court.

After the judge lifted the seal of secrecy in the case concerning hacking of cellphones of Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, and Spain's interior and defense ministers in May and June 2021, the information was made public.

The cyberattack occurred at the same time as a diplomatic rift in Spain and Morocco. Spain's government discovered the hacks and took the case to Spain's court. However, the Spanish government has stated that the hacks were not from Spain.

NSO claims that it sells its Pegasus spyware only to governments for security reasons. Pegasus is linked to hacking other political leaders and activists from other countries. NSO denied any involvement in this apparent misuse its evasive tech. This was revealed by the efforts of digital-rights organizations inspecting individual phones.

Judge Calama also called Felix Bolanos (Spanish Minister of the Presidency), to answer questions about July 5.

Also, the court stated that Esteban was the former head of Spain's intelligence agency Paz Esteban. Esteban was fired following the revelations about phone hacking. Esteban admitted that her agency had tapped the phones of Catalan separatist politicians in an apparent separate use of Pegasus.

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