EU’s Vestager fends off spyware threat – POLITICO

The EU’s top digital affairs official, Margrethe Vestager, on Thursday appeared to downplay the danger of being spied on with software like Pegasus, saying her phone and devices only contain “boring” information.

“Most of my feeds are so boring that even if you had access to them, you’d be like, ‘Oh my god, that woman has no life,'” she said at POLITICO’s AI and Tech Summit.

Her comments come just days after it was revealed that numerous political figures in Catalonia had bugged their devices with Pegasus spyware. The region’s president, Pere Aragonès, is already seeking support from the European Commission to step up pressure on the Spanish government to investigate allegations that Madrid was behind the espionage activities. And last week Reuters also reported that senior EU officials were also targeted by the spyware.

Pegasus technology, developed by Israeli company NSO Group, allows users, mainly in national authorities, to gain access to victims’ phones, including encrypted messages, and activate the camera and microphone without the victim’s actions.

The Danish politician said she and her colleagues were careful to take precautions against the spyware, such as keeping phones and devices out of the room for confidential conversations.

“The Commission of course, our services, they are doing their best to protect each of us,” she said. EU's Vestager fends off spyware threat - POLITICO

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