Well aware of the surveillance capabilities of major companies in the sector, Africa’s heads of state try to make their phones as secure as Fort Knox. Every leader is geared up and takes extra precautions to prevent the ever-looming risk of being tapped. We take a look at the phones used by Africa’s presidents and politicians’ practices.
Update 20 July 2021
The Moroccan authorities, for their part, have referred to the revelations as ‘unfounded allegations’, and the French government is concerned about ‘extremely shocking facts and, if true, extremely serious’.
This ‘Pegasusgate’ echoes an investigation we conducted last year in 2020: ‘Cyber surveillance: a new market, with old clients?’ In light of the new revelations made by the NSO/Pegasus scandal, we are republishing this series of articles.