PEJOURNAL – At least 1,000 Hungarians have staged a demonstration in the capital, Budapest, demanding that the government respond to the allegations of using Pegasus spy software to secretly monitor journalists, lawyers and business figures.
Hungarian demonstrations began in front of a building formerly home to the country’s secret police during the Soviet era. The demonstrations came after a global survey conducted by a consortium of various media outlets revealed that the smartphones of about 300 citizens were targeted by Pegasus spy software, of which 10 lawyers and five journalists were among those.
“This scandal shows that we can no longer talk about the rule of law in Hungary. Our demand is the resignation of the government.” Hungarian legislator Anna Donath said at the European Parliament, which also attended the rally.
Hungarian officials have so far refused to confirm or deny that the government has used the spyware since the report was released, but insist that all their covert surveillance activities were carried out in accordance with Hungarian law.
The representatives of the Hungarian government opposition in the Hungarian parliament have already demanded the investigation of documents that prove that the Hungarian government has used a malware created by the Zionist regime to spy on journalists, politicians and business critics.
The investigation, conducted by a consortium of international media outlets, shows that Hungary’s far-right government has long used malware called “Pegasus” by the Zionist regime’s “NSO” company to massively spy on government critics, including 10 MPs, a politician from the government opposition, and at least five critical journalists.
The release of the report prompted three members of the Hungarian parliament’s National Security Committee to request an urgent meeting with state security agencies to investigate their possible involvement in the use of the Israeli spyware.
Earlier, a review by 17 different media outlets uncovered the role of a spy software developed by a Zionist company in a series of successful and unsuccessful hacking attacks against at least 37 smartphones whose owners had official government and journalism jobs or were human rights activists, while a list of 50,000 cell phone numbers that might have been targeted for the spying was later published.
According to the Washington Post, one of the media participating in the investigation, Pegasus’ spy software, manufactured by the NSO company based in the occupied territories, was used against the cell phones of two women who were close to slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Guardian also writes that the hacking attack using the Zionist company’s spy software is widespread and is still going on.