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Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has slammed the surveillance accusations as 'an incredible lie'.

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Greece's government says it will introduce a bill to ban the sale of spyware following media reports of a state-sponsored phone-tapping scandal that targeted at least 30 people, including politicians and business people.

"We won't allow any shadow to remain on issues that poison Greek society," government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou told reporters on Monday, adding that a bill will soon be submitted to parliament.

The move comes after left-wing Documento newspaper published a list of people whose phones were allegedly infected with the Predator malware. It cited two sources who played a role in the surveillance, allegedly on behalf of the government.

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