India‘s parliament has begun a new session amid allegations that a spyware from an Israeli firm was used to hack phones of MPS, businessmen and journalists.
The allegations about the use of the malware, known as Pegasus, were published on Sunday as part of a global investigation by the washington post, the guardian and 14 other media organisations, including the wire in India.
Pegasus infects Iphones and android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones.
Opposition Mp Derek O’brien said Indian MPS are likely to raise the issue in the coming days.
The targets’ phone numbers were on a database believed to be of interest to clients of Israeli firm NSO. The list was leaked to major news outlets.
The indian government has denied any unauthorised surveillance.
National Security Organization said the software was intended for tracking criminals and terrorists and was only sold to military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies from countries with good human rights records
The database had a list of up to 50,000 mobile phone numbers, more than 300 of them reportedly belong to Indians, according to the wire, which is yet to reveal all of the names but said it would do so over the week.
The Indian portion of the list included 40 journalists, three opposition leaders and two ministers in prime minister narendra modi’s government among others.
The washington post reported that 37 of the phones were successfully hacked
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