Pegasus spyware attack on Boris Johnson; Suspicion that the UAE is behind
London: A spyware attack using the Pegasus software of the Israeli NSO group targeted the office of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister’s Boris Johnson’s Office has announced that in 2020 and 2021 there will be attacks using Pegasus software.
The British Prime Minister’s Office (Downing Street of-fice) has been the target of multiple attacks, according to the Citizen Lab, a tech organization. The Citizen Lab report suspects that the spyware attacks targeting No. 10 Downing Street were planned by the UAE.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowd gathered outside the PM’s office, the Foreign Ministry and the Commonwealth Office.
‘It is suspected that Pegasus spyware attacks on official networks in the UK in 2020 and 2021. The attack on the PM’s office was linked to a Pegasus operator linking to the UAE, Citizen Lab said in a statement.
Last October, a British court found that the ex-wife’s phone had been leaked by the ruler of Dubai in an abuse of power.
A British court has ruled that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, ordered the phone of his ex-wife and their lawyers to be stolen.
Sheikh Mohammed leaked the phones of Princess Haya Bind al-Hussein, who is also the half-sister of King Abdullah of Jordan, and those close to her. The phone was leaked while a case was being heard in a UK court regarding the custody rights of the two children. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum is also the Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE.
NSO terminates contract with Dubai after hacking leaks But the news of the phone leak did not affect the agreements and relations between Britain and Dubai.