Senior EU Officials Were Targeted by NSO Group Spyware
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According to two EU officials and documentation, senior officials at the European Commission, including Didier Reynders, a senior Belgian statesman who has served as the European Justice Commissioner since 2019, were targeted last year with spyware from Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group.
At least four other commission staffers were also targeted. The commission became aware of the targeting following messages issued by Apple to thousands of iPhone owners in November telling them they were "targeted by state-sponsored attackers.” Security researchers have said the recipients of the warnings were targeted between February and September 2021 using ForcedEntry, an advanced piece of software used by Israeli cyber surveillance vendor NSO Group to help foreign spy agencies remotely and invisibly take control of iPhones.
NSO said in a statement that it was not re…