WhatsApp Spyware Row

WhatsApp sued Israeli company NSO Group for using an app vulnerability to deploy its spyware – Pegasus – that targeted 1,400 people globally, allowing access to their smartphones. Over two dozen Indians were targeted. Who targeted them?

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NSO Group’s spyware has been used by Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE among others

Those targeted by the spyware in India include lawyers for Bhima Koregaon accused, Dalit rights and anti-caste activists

The NSO Group has maintained it sells the licenses to its spyware only to governments and government agencies

IT Ministry has sought a reply from WhatsApp on the issue and asked it to respond by 4 November

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