Centre Responds To Inquiries On 'Pegasus Project'
The central govt of India on Sunday issued a statement responding to the allegations that contact numbers of Indian ministers, activists, opposition leaders, and over 40 journalists have been found on a leaked database of targets for hacking that used Israeli spyware. 'Pegasus'.
India's Minister of Electronics & IT has also spoken in detail, including in the Parliament, that govt agencies have no unauthorised interception. It is important to note that Govt agencies have a well-established protocol for an interception that includes sanction and supervision from highly ranked officials in central & state govts, for clearly stated reasons only in the national interest.
The allegations regarding govt surveillance on specific people have no concrete basis or truth associated with it.
In the past, similar claims were made regarding the use of Pegasus on WhatsApp by the Indian State. Those reports also had no factual basis and were denied by all parties, including WhatsApp in the Indian Supreme Court.
This news report, thus, also appears to be a similar fishing expedition, based on conjectures and exaggerations to malign the Indian democracy and its institutions.
What is Pegasus?
Pegasus is the hacking s/w – or spyware developed, marketed, and licensed to governments worldwide by the Israeli company NSO Group. It can infect billions of phones running either Android OS or iOS.
It can copy messages you receive or send, collect your photos and record your calls or might secretly film you through your moblie phone's camera, or activate your microphone to record your conversations. It can potentially pinpoint where you are, where you’ve been, and who you’ve met.