The Pegasus Inquiry – Spain, EU & Spywire against citizens, journalists, politicans

Pegasus Inquiry: Delegation from The Left in Spain to gather evidence

Oct 24 - Greece, Hungary, Poland and Spain: EU member states all accused of using Pegasus spyware against citizens, journalists and members of opposition parties. Where they differ, is the level of scrutiny they are under from the European Parliament.

The Pegasus Committee of the European Parliament has organised or is organising fact-finding missions in these member states – with the exception of Spain. This was ruled out by other members of the committee, despite revelations of hacking in both Madrid and Barcelona.

On the mission, The Left will meet journalists, politicians, lawyers and NGOs that have all been victims of the spying software. In Madrid, they will meet with Spanish Parliamentary groups, Podemos and Izquierda Unida. In Barcelona, the delegation will meet with representatives from the Catalan government, including members of the Pegasus Committee, members of Esquerra Republicana and the Catalan National Assembly.

Nov 10 - Summary on the Left in the EU group’s trip to Spain to assess espionage scandal

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PRISM Program: Here is all you need to know about it

The PRISM program activities are shrouded in secrecy, which is not also helped by the constant denial of tech companies. But from what we know and also from leaked documents, the PRISM program relies on two aspects for its data collection.

Number one is section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), while the second one is in section 215 of thUS’s e Patriot Act. The PRISM program law authorizes security agencies to retrieve communications and metadata from telecommunication companies like AT&T, Verizon, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and every other telecommunication and internet company.

The secret law further allows security agencies to collect information and analyze them for up to five years. The program uses a lot of sophisticated tools for information gathering. One of them is the NUCLEON, which gathers information that is related to telephone conversations and SMS.

Another one is MARINA, which stores metadata from the internet. And lastly, PRISM has another tool known as the Signals intelligence Activity Designation (SIGADs), which gathers information from every other system. The PRISM further targets a targeted person’s mobile contact, which can cause an unjustified investigation of innocent people.

Google, Yahoo, AOL, Apple, Skype, Vodacom, AT&T, YouTube, PalTalk, Dropbox (a popular US-based file hosting service) are among the most prominent companies involved in PRISM. However, all telecommunication and IT companies in the USA must cooperate with PRISM. But the leaked documents state that 98% of the information gathered through PRISM comes from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

Spain's High Court Shelves Israeli Spyware Probe on Lack of Cooperation

Spain's High Court on Monday shelved an investigation into the use of Israeli cyber-intelligence firm NSO Group's "Pegasus" software to spy on Spanish politicians, including Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and several ministers.

Judge Jose Luis Calama, whose court investigates crimes against government ministers, said the lack of cooperation from Israeli authorities made it impossible to keep the probe open, in a case that had "jeopardized the very security of the State".

Last year the government said Pegasus software was used to spy on ministers, triggering a political crisis in Spain that led to the resignation of its spy chief.