Federal Police Arrests Four Suspected of Hacking Brazilian Authorities

Police did not confirm if the group is connected to the Lava Jato message leak


Federal police arrested three men and a woman on Tuesday on suspicion of hacking authorities' phones, including Justice Minister Sergio Moro and Deltan Dallagnol, head of the Operation Lava Jato task force. The police disclosed no details of the investigation.

Brazil's Minister of Justice Sergio Moro. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP) - AFP

Police tracked down the suspects in the cities of São Paulo, Araraquara (SP) and Ribeirão Preto (SP) by using digital expertise that traced invasion to the phones. Data from Deltan's device has been captured, but it is unknown whether these hackers were the source.

As of Tuesday night, the police did not whether the group has any connection to the Lava Jato message leak obtained by The Intercept Brazil.

Federal Police Director-General Mauricio Valeixo informed the Supreme Court yesterday that there is no investigation into Glenn Greenwald, editor of Intercept. The journalist says he obtained the material from an anonymous source.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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