Prominent historian has been the victim of cell phone spyware
According to a Washington Post investigation, prominent historian Camilo Vicente Ovalle has been the victim of the cell phone spyware known as Pegasus. In 2022 Apple notified him that his phone had been compromised by "state-sponsored attackers." A deeper analysis by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto confirmed the use of the Pegasus malware. Ovalle has been a lead investigator of abuses committed by the Army during the period known as the Dirty War from the 1960s to the late 1990s. The use of the spyware on his phone suggests more evidence of the Army's attempts to sabotage efforts to uncover the truth about past abuses.
A journalist and her family have received multiple threatening messages online after publishing an online joke referring to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his sons for alleged conflicts of interest and influence peddling. Denise Dresser Guerra says she and her children have received intimidating messages that appear related to her work as a journalist. Her children’s names and contact information were also made public as part of the attack, she said.
El espionaje contra el historiador Camilo Vicente Ovalle, quien investiga los crímenes cometidos durante la Guerra Sucia, muestra la relación entre el uso ilegal de #Pegasus con el encubrimiento de violaciones perpetradas por el #EjércitoEspía. pic.twitter.com/Hi6oF4pank— R3D (@R3Dmx) July 13, 2023
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