Pegasus Spyware Infects U.S. State Department iPhones

It’s unknown who’s behind the cyberattacks against at least nine employees’ iPhones, who are all involved in Ugandan diplomacy.

An unknown assailant planted NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware on the iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees, according to four of Reuters’ sources who are familiar with the matter.

Two of the sources said that the attacks took place over the last several months, hitting targets either based in Uganda or focused on matters concerning the East African country, the news service reported on Friday.

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The Israeli spyware company has repeatedly said that its surveillance tools don’t work against smartphones based in the United States, but that doesn’t necessarily protect Americans traveling overseas or using foreign phones. Two of Reuters’ sources said that the targeted State Department employees were using iPhones registered with foreign telephone numbers, without the U.S. country code.

An investigation conducted by the Washington Post along with 16 other news organizations and published in July found that Pegasus had been planted on

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