Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Indian Government Targeted Journalists Using Pegasus Spyware

Amnesty International and The Washington Post have reported that India's government targeted high-profile journalists using the Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli firm NSO Group and sold to governments globally. The Pegasus software enables unauthorized access to a phone's messages, emails, photos, call eavesdropping, location tracking, and even camera recording.

According to Amnesty, journalists Siddharth Varadarajan of The Wire and Anand Mangnale of The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project have allegedly been subjected to the spyware on their iPhones, with the latest identified case occurring in October. Donncha O Cearbhaill, Head of Amnesty International’s Security Lab, expressed concern, stating, "Our latest findings show that increasingly, journalists in India face the threat of unlawful surveillance simply for doing their jobs."

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India's government has not yet responded to these specific allegations. However, it had previously denied similar accusations in 2021, rejecting claims that it employed Pegasus spyware to surveil political opponents, activists, and journalists. Last month, Indian media reported that the country's cybersecurity unit was investigating allegations of attempted phone tapping following complaints from opposition politicians who received Apple iPhone warnings of "state-sponsored attackers." Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw expressed the government's concern about these complaints.

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Raheel J.M
Raheel J.M
Raheel, a Karachi-based reporter, is at the forefront of political journalism, providing insightful coverage that transcends the bustling landscape of Pakistan's political sphere. With an unwavering commitment to delivering accurate and comprehensive news, Raheel's work is marked by a keen understanding of the intricate dynamics shaping the political landscape.
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