20:11 GMT05 August 2021
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    A major report, published by various media platforms and rights groups on Sunday, said that a spyware programme, made by an Israeli cyber company had been used to hack the phones of political leaders, journalists, and activists across the globe.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Pegasus scandal on Thursday, stating that powerful software configured in this way should not fall into the wrong hands.

    "It is important that software designed for specific situations does not fall into the wrong hands ... It should not be sold to countries, where judicial oversight of such attacks may not be available", she said at her annual summer press conference.
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    Pegasus

    According to the bombshell report by journalists and NGOs, Pegasus was used to hack at least 50,000 phone numbers in various countries. Once the Israeli-made software is installed on a smartphone, it can be used to spy on text messages and other data, as well as grant access to a device's microphone and camera, the report suggested.

    Many top politicians are believed to have been targeted by the spyware, including French President Emmanuel Macron, ex-Belgian Prime Minister and current European Council President Charles Michel, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Iraqi President Barham Salih, Pakistani PM Imran Khan, Egypt's PM Mostafa Madbouly, Moroccan PM Saad-Eddine El Othmani, and many others.

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