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03 February, 2023
 
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9.5 million mobile phones tapped in Cyprus according to AKEL

The left-wing party turned over a dossier containing evidence of wiretapping to the PEGA Commission

Apostolis Tomaras

Apostolis Tomaras

AKEL has made serious allegations regarding the interception of mobile communications in Cyprus. During the presence of the PEGA Committee members in Parliament, party MP Aristos Damianou presented the evidence his party will present before the meeting with European MPs. Among the evidence was a portion of the Police affidavit on the spy van, which was presented to the Court on December 20, 2019.

In particular, as Damianou reported, the Police member testified that Tal Jonathan Dilian had shown the true capabilities of the system installed by the company to upgrade the wireless network before state officials and Larnaca airport managers (Wi-Fi). Damianou claimed that by using the example of mobile phone interception, he was able to pinpoint the true capabilities. "From the aforementioned activities, it appears that over 9.5 million devices were accessed illegally." According to the police affidavit, Mr. Dilian's project at the airport was called Home Land Security.

Figures for spyware exports to the United Arab Emirates

At a time when the Pega Committee is focusing on the issue of bugging software exports from Cyprus, AKEL has provided evidence to members of the Committee who are present in Parliament.

AKEL specifically claims:

  • A company registered in the Republic of Cyprus bills a company in the UAE for $7 million in services.
  • An official from the NSO company responded in writing to Amnesty International, stating that the group's companies export products from Israel, Bulgaria, and Cyprus.                          

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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