Investigative news outlet Direkt36 has revealed that the telephone number of an officer of the National Security Service (NBSZ) has also appeared in the list of targets in the Pegasus spy software affair. The number allegedly belongs to a staff member in NBSZ’s technical area who deals with spy software, among other related issues.
It’s not clear why this person’s telephone appears on the list of Pegasus targets, according to Direkt36, which speculates that the people who installed the software may have wanted to observe that person, or that they were a technical participant in the operation. But the investigative outlet says that in either case, it strengthens the belief that the Hungarian government was behind the use of the spy software in Hungary. Neither the government nor NBSZ responded to a request from Direkt36 for a comment on the matter.
Direkt36 revealed in July that the Israeli-made software Pegasus was being used on personal devices to spy on Hungarian journalists, media personalities, lawyers, opposition politicians, and government officials. [via Telex]