South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is one of fourteen world leaders on a list of potential targets for potential phone surveillance in the Pegasus spyware case.
Pegasus infects phones and allows operators to spy on their targets. A UK newspaper says Ramaphosa appeared to have been selected by Rwanda in 2019.
A list leaked to major news outlets reveals some 50,000 phone numbers of people believed to be of interest to clients of Israeli-based firm NSO Group.
The group which has denied any wrongdoing said the software would be used against criminals and terrorists. It is made available only to military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies with good human rights records it adds.
The current prime ministers of Egypt, Morocco, and the King of Morocco are the African leaders on the list.
More than 600 government officials and politicians from 34 countries are also on the list.