After chiding Apple on privacy, Germany says it uses Pegasus spyware

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) purchased access to NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware in 2019 after internal efforts to create similar iOS and Android surveillance tools failed.

BKAThe federal government revealed the agreement with NSO in a closed-door session with the German parliament’s Interior Committee on Tuesday, reports Die Zeit.When the BKA began to use Pegasus is unclear. While Die Zeit says the tool was purchased in 2019, a separate report from Süddeutsche Zeitung, via, cites BKA Vice President Martina Link as confirming an acquisition in late 2020 followed by deployment against terrorism and organized crime in March.

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