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Gantz said to assure French counterpart that NSO didn’t hack Macron’s phone

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During a Wednesday visit to Paris, Defense Minister Benny Gantz sought to put to bed reports that French President Emmanuel Macron had been a target of spyware sold by the Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO Group.

During a meeting with his French counterpart Florence Parly, Gantz relayed that NSO’s technology had not been used to hack into the phones Macron or other local officials, according to Channel 13.

“Israel is taking the allegations seriously,” Gantz told Parly during a meeting the two held, according to an Defense Ministry statement.

“[Gantz] noted that the State of Israel approves the export of cyber products exclusively to governmental entities, for lawful use and only for the purpose of preventing and investigating crime and counter terrorism,” the statement added.

“He also informed Minister Parly that officials visited NSO’s office today and that Israel is investigating the allegations thoroughly.”

The Defense Ministry said earlier that if it finds that NSO Group violated the terms of its export licenses, it will “take appropriate action.” NSO has largely........

© The Times of Israel

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