According to Le Monde, the two mobile phone numbers of Nasser al-Khelaifi appeared in the leaked list of 50,000 potential Pegasus spyware target numbers.
According to French daily Le Monde, the phone number belonging to Nasser al-Khelaifi, chairman of Qatar football club Paris Saint-Germain football club and chief executive officer of beIN Sports, is on the list of numbers that may be targets of Pegasus spyware.
Pegasus is a software made by the Israeli company NSO. It involves reporting to journalists, human rights defenders and at least 14 heads of state, In addition to a few of their family members.
Their phone number is one of approximately 50,000 potential surveillance targets leaked to the human rights organization Amnesty International and Paris-based Forbidden Stories on a list, which is shared with the news media consortium.
Pegasus can hack into a mobile phone without the user’s knowledge, enabling customers to read every message, track the user’s location, and tap the camera and microphone of the mobile phone, essentially turning the mobile phone into a monitoring device.
According to an investigation by Le Monde, two mobile phone numbers belonging to al-Khelaifi also appeared in the leaked list.
According to Le Monde, the use of Pegasus may hack into the same customer of beIN Media Group’s management phone, and also targeted senior officials in Turkey, the UAE, and Lebanon, as well as some voices criticizing the Saudi Arabian monarchy, implying that the Saudi security agency is behind the hacking. Black hand.
However, Le Monde emphasized that it was unable to physically inspect the phones of other employees of al-Khelaifi or beIN, and therefore could not confirm whether these devices were indeed infected with Pegasus.
The daily reported that the potential hacking of al-Khelaifi mobile phones occurred in 2018, when the Gulf dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt was at its height. In June 2017, these four countries imposed a diplomatic and trade blockade on Qatar for nearly four years.
The blockade country accuses Doha of “supporting terrorism” and has relations with Iran that they believe are too close. Qatar has consistently denied these allegations.
As the head of beIN, al-Khelaifi is at the center of the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia over the piracy channel BeoutQ, which stole beIN’s signal to broadcast top football matches and tournaments.
Le Monde reported that shortly before al-Khelaifi could become a victim of the Pegasus hack, Qatar filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the operation of BeoutQ. In the complaint, Qatar asked the Pirate Channel to compensate 1 billion U.S. dollars.
National Bureau of Statistics response
In its response on Thursday, the National Bureau of Statistics stated that the leak was “not a target of Pegasus or a list of potential targets”.
NSO CEO Shalev Hulio told the Israeli Army Radio, “If there is an investigation, he will be very happy so that we can innocent our names. He also claimed that someone tried to “smear all Israeli internet industries.”
The National Bureau of Statistics stated that with the approval of the Israeli government, it exports to 45 countries.
Hulio said the company was unable to disclose the details of its contract due to “confidentiality issues,” but said he would provide full transparency to any government seeking more details.
“Let any national entity-any official from any state-come, and I will be ready to open everything to them, let them in, dig from top to bottom,” he said.