According to Le Monde, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, boss of PSG and BeIN Sports, was targeted by the Pegasus spyware at the end of 2018. Right at the time when tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia were high …
The “Pegasus” spy case has not spared the football world. While the revelations have been chaining for a few days about the spyware of the Israeli company NSO Group, Le Monde explains this Wednesday that the Qatari president of PSG and BeIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, is undoubtedly among the victims. But more in his capacity as leader of a chain than of a football club.
According to the daily, foreign agents used Pegasus at the end of 2018 to target “two mobile numbers of the boss of Paris Saint-Germain” and “a landline number assigned to the Parisian club’s communications director, Jean- Martial Ribes “.
Also targeted in 2019 by a client … emirati
At that time, tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia were very high, especially over the pirate channel “BeoutQ”, which was hurting BeIN. Knowing that an NSO client used Pegasus to target the management of BeIN Media Group and several opponents of the Saudi monarchy, Le Monde assumes “with a very high degree of confidence that this is a Saudi security service “. On the other hand, the French media cannot say if the devices of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi could have been infected, or not.
“Hackings and threats to our companies and our employees are unfortunately a daily reality for our group, explains a spokesperson for BeIN Media Group to Le Monde. We know that certain entities have mounted cyber attacks against BeIN Sports and its employees for years. years […] in addition to smear campaigns, commercial sabotage, frivolous lawsuits and cyber attacks against our president. “
In addition, we learn that in 2019, another NSO client wanted to spy on a phone of the president of PSG. A client based this time … in the United Arab Emirates, allies of Saudi Arabia.