Amnesty calls on government to investigate Irish-based spyware company

Intellexa Ireland is accused of spyware attacks in multiple jurisdictions

It is understood that the Intellexa Group was founded by a former Israeli intelligence agent and is owned by a holding company with an address in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Picture: Getty

The government has been urged to investigate Intellexa Ireland amid claims the company has been involved in attacks against civil society, journalists, politicians and academics in the EU, US and Asia.

The call comes from Amnesty International, which urged the State to take immediate action against the Dublin-based entity.

Intellexa produces a software product called Predator that can secretly take over the microphone and camera on a targeted mobile phone and turn it into a spying device.

It ...