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Politicians, Journalists, Activists…Pegasus Spares None, Hears Them All

Virus alert: Israeli hacker-for-hire firm’s Pegasus malware is the latest bug ­causing an outbreak of political snooping allegations in India. Who’s it serving?

Politicians, Journalists, Activists…Pegasus Spares None, Hears Them All
Politicians, Journalists, Activists…Pegasus Spares None, Hears Them All
outlookindia.com
2021-07-23T15:12:20+05:30

What started with WhatsApp revealing that around 1,400 of its users in 20 countries, including Indian ­journalists and activists, had been ­targeted by Pegasus—the spyware developed and sold to governments by Israel-based NSO Group—in May 2019 has now assumed much wider ­propor­tions with news that Pegasus may have been used to hack the phones of as many as 300 Indian citizens. The list of potential targets includes Union ­ministers, politicians from both ruling and ­opposition parties, judges, activists, journalists and NGOs—from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to election strategist Prashant Kishor, former election commissio­ner Ashok Lavasa and a woman who ­accused a former Chief Justice of ­India of sexual harassment. The modus ­ope­randi involves ­infiltrating phones to monitor text messages, camera feeds and microphones, without leaving any evidence in the device. The allegedly targeted phone numbers are part of a leaked database acces­sed by Forbidden Stories, a French media non-profit, and shared with an...

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