Spies hack into phones of US Embassy officials in Uganda

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Oryem Okello during the interview on December 4, 2021. PHOTO/STEPHEN OTAGE

What you need to know:

  • The government of Ugandan says the US government is better placed to explain the first known case of the Pegasus spyware being used against American officials.

Allegations that several individuals in Uganda have been targeted with hacks using spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group have gained momentum following revelations that iPhones of up to 11 employees of the US Embassy in Kampala were hacked into. 
News of the hacking has been widely reported across global mainstream media, including by Al-Jazeera, Times of Israel, Reuters News agency, The New York Times, and The Guardian newspaper of UK. 
But the Ugandan government has said the United States government would be better placed to explain the first known case of the Pegasus spyware being used against American officials. 
No accusation has been levied against Uganda where the American officials are domiciled.

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