Phones of judges, union ministers, oppn leaders, journalists snooped using Pegasus: Reports


40 Indian journalists appeared on a “list of potential targets for surveillance” using the Israeli spyware Pegasus, reports English news website ‘The Wire.’

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More than 300 mobile phones from India snooped using the Israeli spyware Pegasus, says a joint investigation by more than 16 media houses across the world.

It includes “union ministers, opposition leaders, journalists, the legal community, businessmen, government officials, scientists, rights activists and others,” reports The Wire which was part of the investigation.

The entire list of the names are not out yet. 40 Indian journalists appeared on the “list of potential targets for surveillance."

The list includes two co-founders of ‘The Wire’ and many other journalists from the Hindustan Times, India Today, Network18, The Hindu and Indian Express.

Meanwhile, UK newspaper The Guardian reported that human rights activists were also targetted by the spyware.

Journalists from Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, El País, Associated Press, Le Monde, Bloomberg, Agence France-Presse, the Economist and Reuters included in the list.

The leak contains more than 50,000 phone numbers, The Guardian report claims.

‘The Wire’ claimed that independent forensic tests have confirmed the presence of the spyware in at least 10 phones.

The investigation into the leaks involves 16 media organisations across the world.

Pegasus is spyware installed on phones, developed by the Israeli technology firm NSO Group.

The spyware was in news in 2019 when some WhatsApp users received messages from the company that their phones may have been compromised.

The data was accessed by Paris-based Forbidden Stories and the Amnesty International and shared with the media houses across the world.

Pegasus is sold to only "vetted governments," the owners told 'The Wire'.

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