Indian politician and reporter's phone hacked with Pegasus: 10 facts reported

​​​​​​​India was one of those countries that used Pegasus, a phone hacking tool from Israel's NSO group

India was one of those countries that used Pegasus, a phone hacking tool from Israel's NSO group, to target politicians, journalists and activists. Indian news site The Wire is one of 17.

The first part of a multilateral investigation, released late Sunday, found 38 Indian journalists (according to The Guardian) were with freelancers, including journalists from the media and websites. Mentioned are a Mint reporter and three people from the Hindustan Times.

The attack targeted Financial Times editor Rula Khalaf and 38 of 180 journalists worldwide, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The New York Times and Le Monde.

In a response published by The Guardian, the Indian government characterized the investigation as a "fishing expedition", stating that "there is no concrete evidence or truth related to the allegation of" government surveillance of certain individuals. "

The government cited the Pegasus controversy in 2019, when a WhatsApp vulnerability was used to deliver malware to at least 20 Indians, including journalists, lawyers and activists.

"The Indian government's response to the right to be informed about the use of Pegasus has been clearly reported in the media and is sufficient in itself to respond to malicious allegations of alleged links between the Indian government and Pegasus." The answer was: India.

“It is important to note that government agencies have control protocols that include sanctions and oversight by senior officials from central and state governments only for the benefit of the country for clearly stated reasons,” it added.

Wire reported that 10 forensic phones were hacked or showed signs of hacking attempts.

NSO Group said its interpretation of the leaked databases about Forbidden Stories and media partners is misleading. "A number claiming to be a 'data breach of more than 50,000 phone numbers' cannot be a list of numbers intended for governments using Pegasus," it added.

Wire also said the targets included three Indian opposition leaders, two ministers, many businessmen and the constitutional government. The name is expected to appear in the next section of the investigation in the next few days. The website also reported that the victims were relatives of activists accused in the Elgar Parishard case.

Pegasus allows software users to intercept all device communications to a target, including saved files and messages. The malware also allows the device's microphone and camera to activate and access location registers.

Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, India and the United Arab Emirates are government lists of alleged NSO clients, including numbers that are part of a database leak, according to a Guardian report. It is very hot in the Indian parliament, which convenes on Monday during the rainy season, especially after the names of opposition politicians are announced.

On Sunday, pending his release, such an investigation report was released and it was reported that several opposition parties had met. Then on Sunday, after the names of targeted journalists were announced, the opposition leader said he would “wait and see what the political leaders have” before deciding how to proceed.

“The Indonesian government has denied the use of unauthorized surveillance. If the Pegasus was only sold to the government, did other governments (China / Pakistan?) Use the Pegasus to eavesdrop on famous Indian citizens? Independent investigation? " On Sunday night in the Congress tweet Shashi Tarur.



England VS West Indies Highlights T20 World Cup: England beats West Indies by 6 wickets

England beat West Indies, by 6 wickets in the Dubai international stadium on Saturday. A glorious victory came to England after the beginning of the t...

Suresh Raina names the 3 selective teams that will result in a “Big” threat for India in t20 worldcup 2021.

Suresh Raina has picked up the names of the three giants who could lead to serious trouble for the Indians during the T20 tournament. Raina has taken...

States & UTs

Around 700 people have been detected ahead of Amit Shah’s visit.

Srinagar: due to the result of the Post-Civilian killings and in the days running up regarding the visit of Union Minister Amit Shah in Srinagar durin...

Samir Wankhede to take legal action against Nawab Malik, on extortion allegations

Mumbai: NCB officer was asked whether he would take any legal action against the NCP leader Nawab Malik. And the allegations that were made by him, th...


Why did the farmers' union decide to suspend Yogendra Yadav for a month?

The activist, who's a member of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, has been requested now not to take par...

Yogi Adityanath: Umar Khalid’s father hatching conspiracy with Akhilesh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday, 21 October, commented on a latest assembly...


Mumbai: Cinema halls, auditoriums, amusement parks to reopen today

After reopening the faculties and colleges, the Maharashtra authorities are prepared to permit the c...

The court rejects the plea of Kangana Ranaut to shift the case to another judge, “Judge threatens arrest warrant.”

Mumbai: The Additional Chief Metropolitan magistrate ST Dande on Thursday rejected the request and t...


The Live Newz is an independent, budding and online news portal that came into existence recently. Our mission is to create and deliver the finest news for the readers. We act as a cutting-edge platform that provides the users with every update on recent happenings. We aspire to be true to the journalistic values and maintain the standard of its excellence by presenting the truth to the readers.