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The Head Of The Catalan Parliament, Roger Torren, Was Tracked Through A Hacked Mobile Phone

The Head Of The Catalan Parliament, Roger Torren, Was Tracked Through A Hacked Mobile Phone

The President of the Spanish Catalan Parliament, Roger Torren, was the victim of surveillance using a program that gained access to his mobile phone, according to the newspaper El País, citing a joint investigation with the British publication The Guardian.

According to their information, the speaker of the house's iPhone was attacked using the Pegasus program, which was developed by an Israeli company. The program is only sold to governments or security forces to fight crime and terrorism. The phone of Torren, the second most important representative of power in Catalonia after the head of government Kim Torra, was attacked in 2019.

This program allows you to listen to conversations, read messages, access your hard drive, take screenshots, see your browsing history, and remotely activate your device's camera and microphone. According to El País, although it is impossible to determine who is behind the surveillance, the creators of Pegasus assure that "they sell their products only to governments." During the surveillance, Torren, who is a supporter of Catalonia's secession from Spain, took part in dozens of working meetings, and also testified as a witness in the trial of the illegal 2017 independence referendum.

The government of the Pyrenean Kingdom assures that "they do not know that the President of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torren, was the victim of hacking." A representative of the national intelligence center of Spain said that the Agency "always acts in full compliance with the law and absolute respect for the current law."