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Intellexa raids in Greece

Updated on 2022-12-13: Intellexa raids in Greece

Greek authorities have raided the homes of several individuals connected to Intellexa, a Greek-Cypriot conglomerate that’s behind the Predator spyware. According to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the raids are related to suspicions the company might have exported its surveillance tool to two African countries without receiving an official export license and approval from the Athens government. One of these two countries is believed to be Sudan—a connection that was exposed via a Haaretz report earlier this month. According to previous reports, Intellexa previously received a license to export its Predator spyware to Madagascar. The same spyware was also used inside Greece to spy on opposition parties, prosecutors, and journalists, in incidents that have drawn the ire of EU officials. Read more:

Updated on 2022-12-02: Intellexa sold spyware to Sudanese militia

A joint investigation by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Greek newspaper InsideStory, and Lighthouse Reports has found that the so-called Intellexa “intelligence alliance” has sold its Predator spyware toolkit to the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary militia group linked to several cases of human rights abuses during the Sudanese political crisis of 2019, and most notoriously, to the Khartoum massacre. Read more: FLIGHT OF THE PREDATOR

Updated on 2022-11-28: Greece’s spyware scandal

Reporters from Greek news outlet DocumentNews said they found the server that was used to infect the phones of Greek government officials and journalists with the Predator spyware—edolio5[.]com.

Updated on 2022-11-15: Greece bought Predator spyware for €7 million

A report in Greek press claims that the Athens government paid €7 million to Intellexa for access to the Predator surveillance and spyware platform, and an additional €150,000 for the ability to rotate ten new targets per month. The report comes as the Greek government has been dealing with a massive scandal that it used the spyware to go after rival political parties, but also journalists and prosecutors investigating government corruption. Read more: Greek State and spyware vendor Intellexa: they are acquainted after all

Updated on 2022-11-09: Greece to ban the sale of spyware

After Greece’s spyware scandal exploded to new dimensions over the weekend and after a visit from the EU’s PEGA Committee last week, the Athens government announced it was planning to ban the sale of spyware. Unclear how this will prevent the Greek government from continuing to use it in new operations. Read more:

Updated on 2022-11-07: Greece’s spyware scandal

On Sunday, Greek newspaper Documento published a list of 33 names they claim were targeted and infected with the Predator spyware as part of an illegal surveillance operation ordered by the Greek government led by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The list includes names of state officials, journalists, and local businesspeople—and adds to four already-known individuals. The highest-profile figure on the list is Nikos Dendias, Greece’s current Foreign Minister and a member of the ruling party New Democracy. Read more:

Updated on 2022-11-06: Greece’s spyware scandal deepens

Greece’s ongoing spyware scandal got worse over the past week, as now 33 people are thought to have had their phone’s tapped by the Cytrox-developed Predator spyware, likely at the behest of the Greek government. That includes several members of the Greek cabinet, opposition lawmakers, and journalists. “It is unthinkable and dangerous to suggest that the prime minister was tapping the foreign minister,” an official close to the foreign minister said. Absolutely wild. Read more: Greece’s spyware scandal expands further

Updated on 2022-10-14: Greek spyware inquiry

The Greek national parliament has finished its investigation into the use of spyware by security services against the country’s opposition parties, and snoopy journalists and officials unsurprisingly found that they did nothing wrong. Read more: Greek spyware inquiry ends in stalemate

Overview: Greek journalist sues spyware maker

Greek finance journalist Thanasis Koukakis has filed a lawsuit this week against Intellexa, the company behind the Predator spyware. Koukakis is one of the four major political figures who had their smartphones infected with the Predator spyware in a scandal that is rocking the Greek government. Read more:

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