NEW DELHI: Cornered by questions of media organisations around the abuse of Pegasus spyware that Israel-based NSO Group had created to help governments track terrorists, sex and drug-trafficking rings, NSO Group has announced that it will "no longer be responding to media inquiries" on how journalists, activists, political opponents were snooped by its spying technologies. A series of explosive news articles revealed how NSO Group's Pegasus spyware was used by government agencies in India to spy on activists, journalists and those who are critical of the government. Not just in India, even the smartphone of French President Emmanuel Macron was allegedly targeted for surveillance using Pegasus by Morocco's intelligence service. NSO Group termed the entire revelation by Forbidden Stories as a "planned and well-orchestrated media campaign". The company in its defence said, "The list is not a list of targets or potential targets of Pegasus.The numbers in the list are not related to NSO group. Any claim that a name in the list is necessarily related to a Pegasus target or Pegasus potential target is erroneous and false." NSO Group claims to work with authorised government only. It has 60 customers across 40 countries. The company said that 51% of… Read full this story
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