Mexico “spied on journalists, lawyers and activists

Journalist Carmen Aristegui is among those allegedly targeted by the government.
Journalist Carmen Aristegui is among those allegedly targeted by the government.

BBC

Several prominent journalists and activists in Mexico have filed a complaint accusing the government of spying on them by hacking their phones.

The accusation follows a report in the New York Times that says they were targeted with spyware meant to be used against criminals and terrorists.

The newspaper says messages examined by forensic analysts show the software was used against government critics.

A Mexican government spokesman “categorically” denied the allegations.

The report says that the software, known as Pegasus, was sold to Mexican federal agencies by Israeli company NSO Group on the condition that it only be used to investigate criminals and terrorists.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40337770

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