By Ron Howells • 19 July 2021 • 10:35
Private Israeli spyware was used to hack senior Spanish politicians phone. image: Wikipedia
A Spanish Parliamentary Presidents’ mobile phone was the target of a spy program so high-tech that only governments were able to buy it.
THE attack came to light since a Canadian cybersecurity institute, investigating a flaw in WhatsApp, discovered that the number of Roger Torrent, a senior Catalan politician, was attacked in 2019 along with that of a hundred personalities from civil society around the world.
Torrent, who was targeted using the spyware, has claimed its use is further proof of the Spanish state’s ‘dirty war’ against its opponents and says these revelations will have an inevitable impact on attempts to find a political solution to the ongoing territorial dispute between the regions.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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