French minister’s phone shows traces linked to NSO spyware

Former environment minister François de Rugy ‘astonished’ by forensics discovery after he appeared on leaked database

The mobile phone of a serving French minister showed digital traces of activity associated with NSO Group’s spyware, according to forensic analysis undertaken by the Pegasus project investigation.

François de Rugy, who was environment minister at the time of the activity, said he was “astonished” by the disclosure, which raises fresh questions over the use of spyware by customers of NSO, an Israeli surveillance company.

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