Pegasus: Princess Latifa and Princess Haya numbers ‘among leaks’


Phone numbers used by two Dubai princesses have reportedly been found as part of an investigation into the phone hacking spyware known as Pegasus.

Princess Latifa is the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, and Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein is his former wife.

In mid-February, a secret video from Princess Latifa appeared in which she said she was being held as a hostage and feared for her life.

Princess Haya meanwhile fled Dubai in 2019 saying she feared for her life.

The UAE has denied both women’s allegations.

Their numbers are apparently on a list of some 50,000 phone numbers of people believed to be of interest to clients of Israeli-based firm NSO Group.

The list was leaked to major news outlets.

The discovery of the princesses’ phone numbers on the list – and those of some acquaintances – has raised questions about whether they could have been the possible target of a government client of the group.

Amnesty International has issued a statement alleging that find implicates NSO Group “in the catalogue of human rights violations” inflicted on the two women.

It calls for regulation to rein in “an unchecked surveillance industry”.

NSO has denied any wrongdoing.

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