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Poland purchased NSO spyware after Netanyahu met with country’s PM — report

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland, February 14, 2019. (AP/Michael Sohn)
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland, February 14, 2019. (AP/Michael Sohn)

Poland’s Central Anticorruption Bureau (CAB) purchased the controversial Pegasus spyware from the Israeli NSO Group just several months after then prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki in 2017, the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper reports.

The software was used to hack the phones of several prominent Polish opposition figures, according to the Associated Press.

While the spyware was purchased by the CAB, the funds used were from the Justice Ministry, which is controlled by Morawiecki’s party.

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