The original purpose was to help fight against the cartel organizations, but those same tools were used against Political rivals along with politicians that have called out Israel’s aggression in Palestine.
According to reports, The Pegasus hacks main targets were Mexico’s current president Manuel López Obrador’sand his inner circle.
Israeli firm Pegasus spyware was also used to track down reporters that were critical of the Enrique Peña Nieto administration.
Mexican reporter Cecilio Pineda Birto was assassinated in 2017, weeks after his cell phone number appeared on the list of compromised phones.
Affected users no longer need to click on the link or text in order to get compromised (hacked), with its “zero-click” option.
“Stop what you’re doing and read this,” Snowden tweeted Sunday, referencing to Israel’s Pegasus spyware. “This leak is going to be the story of the year.”
15,000 individuals that were believed to be possible targets for surveillance between 2016 and 2017. The Spyware is belived to have peaked during the term of former president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto Former President of Mexico.
Criminals on the Run.
Tomás Zerón de Lucio, Mexico's former chief of Criminal Investigation Agency, is accused of abduction, torture and the tampering of evidence in the investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students. Tomás Zerón de Lucio Is currently in hiding in Israel.
Ex President Peña Nieto is believed to be hiding in Spain.