In late 2019, Facebook initiated a suit against NSO, claiming that Pegasus had been used to intercept the WhatsApp communications of a number of activists, journalists, and bureaucrats in India, leading to accusations that the Indian government was involved.
Explained: How Israeli’s Pegasus Reached India?
The Media reports say
that list of tampered phones include names of judges of Supreme Court India and
two ministers of Modi’s Government.
It is mention-worthy
that international media like the Washington Post and 16 media partners led by
the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories claimed
that they have a list containing the names of 50K names of persons whose privacy
have been tampered with Israeli spyware, and Indian media have borrowed the names of Indians from them.
The Government of
India issued a clarification that denying the claim made by the Indian publishers
of the list.
Whereas the NSO Group also rejected
the claims made by Forbidden Stories that, “We would like to emphasize that
NSO sells it technologies solely to law enforcement and intelligence agencies
of vetted governments for the sole purpose of saving lives through preventing
crime and terror acts. NSO does not operate the system and has no visibility to
Know what is Israeli’s
Pegasus is spyware
that can be covertly installed on mobile phones (and other devices) running
some versions of Apple's mobile operating system iOS, and Android. It was developed
by the Israeli cyber firm NSO Group,
which states that it provides "authorized governments with technology that
helps them combat terror and crime.
Pegasus spyware was First Revealed in 2016
The Israeli spyware came into public notice in August 2016 when
a failed attempt was made while installing it on an iPhone belonging to a human
rights activist namely Ahmed Mansoor, and
thereafter an investigation revealed the details about the Pegasus spyware, its
abilities, and the security vulnerabilities it exploited.
As per cyber experts, the Pegasus is capable of reading text messages, tracking
calls, collecting passwords, tracking
location, accessing the target device's microphone
and camera, and harvesting information from apps.
After the reported Pegasus spyware attack, Apple was forced to release its
version 9.3.5 of its iOS software to fix the
vulnerabilities caused by Pegasus.
How Pegasus spyware reached India?
In late 2019, Facebook initiated a suit against NSO, claiming that Pegasus had been
used to intercept the WhatsApp communications of a number of activists,
journalists, and bureaucrats in India, leading to accusations that the Indian government was involved.
For details ABC Research Report on Pegasus spyware
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