Citizen Lab Finds That Pegasus Spyware was Used to Target Thai Pro-Democracy Movement

August 3, 2022

A pro-democracy movement in Thailand has been steadily growing over the past several years. As the movement has grown, the Thai government has increased surveillance of those involved in pro-democracy activities. In November 2021, digital rights groups Citizen Lab, iLaw, and DigitalReach began investigating reports of surveillance and identified at least 30 civil society leaders whose phones were infected with Pegasus Spyware. The infections were found to coincide with major pro-democracy protests in the country, and many of those infected have been arrested and imprisoned for their involvement in political organizing activities. While the Thai government denies responsibility for these attacks, Citizen Lab reports that this spyware was likely used to crack down on those calling for government reforms.

Read Citizen Lab’s full report here.