Reports have emerged that Rwanda tapped phones of Ugandan top government officials resulting in the landlocked country being tasked to strengthen its cybersecurity following the leaked database.
The report is according to the Pegasus project published by Organised Crime.
And Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) that is putting Rwanda behind the controversial wiretapping.
As reported by Daily Monitor on Monday, Rwanda contacted the global surveillance company targeting high-ranking political leaders and military officials in Uganda.
The list of selected numbers [for tapping] also shows that [the Rwandan President Paul] Kagame government may have used the Pegasus to target high-ranking political and military figures in neighboring countries.reported OCCRP.
The report also cited Dr. Rugunda and Burundian Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni.
Pegasus is believed to hack the cellphones of individuals identified as persons of interest of NSO.
The people include those later targeted for surveillance, according to forensic analysis of their phones.
The Ugandan government, through her spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, has confirmed the incident.
Further, he has noted that building cybersecurity protocols will save the country from such.
He added that the world is full of spying and espionage, even among the allies.
In reply to accusations, Rwandan authorities have come out clear to rubbish the claims of having access to Israeli military-grade spyware.
Despite having been long suspected of being a client of the NSO Group firm.
Pegasus is s private Israeli NSO Group Technologies spyware.
The NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, licensed to governments around the world, is said to infect phones without a click.
Among leaked databases by the Pegasus, the project includes at least 14 heads of state and governments.
They include French President Emmanuel Macron and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.