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Pegasus spyware used against Indian journalists and activists
The Washington Post and 16 media organizations led by the Paris-based non-profit journalism organization Forbidden Stories have reported that military-grade spyware has been used illegally on smartphones by journalists, human rights activists and business people around the world, including India. access determination.
The Guardian, one of the media houses, claims that around 38 to 40 Indian journalists have been targeted using the NSO software Pegasus. An independent forensic analysis conducted by Amnesty International’s Security Lab found that of the 13 iPhones examined in India, 9 showed evidence of attacks, 7 of which were infected with Pegasus. The Government of India has denied the use of Pegasus by an official agency and has reiterated that the allegations about the government’s surveillance of certain people have no concrete basis or truth.
What is ‘Pegasus’: It is a military spyware that is leased from the Israeli company ‘NSO Group’. It is used to track down terrorists and criminals on behalf of the government.
The spyware came back into the spotlight in 2016 after a Guardian investigation uncovered a list of potential targets that included at least 180 journalists around the world.
WhatsApp revealed in 2019 that Israeli technology had been abandoned to infect nearly 1,400 phones with application installed.
How it works and what is gained through access: Pegasus spyware is installed without knowledge or permission through a harmless link on the user’s phone that downloads the malware onto the device. It cannot be found until a thorough forensic investigation.
After the device is affected, it gives complete control to the person spying on their user, with practically all data such as texts, emails, WhatsApp chats and the device’s microphone also accessible for listing conversations.
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