Jul 19, 2021, 06:40PM ISTSource: TOI.in
An Israeli firm accused of supplying spyware to governments has been linked to a list of 50,000 smartphone numbers. The numbers include those of activists, journalists, business executives and politicians around the world. Israel’s NSO Group and its Pegasus malware have been in the headlines since at least 2016. There are privacy and rights concerns which reveal the far-reaching extent of the software and its misuse. The Indian government denied in 2019 that it had used the malware to spy on its citizens. Pegasus is reportedly a highly invasive tool that can switch on a target’s phone camera and microphone. It can also access data on the device, effectively turning a phone into a pocket spy.