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Pegasus snoopgate raises troubling questions about use of the spyware in India
Pegasus snoopgate raises troubling questions about use of the spyware in India

New Delhi, July 21 (TIWN) The selection of Indian numbers largely commenced around the time of Narendra Modis trip to Israel in 2017, the first visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister and a marker of the burgeoning relationship between the two nations, including billions of dollars in deals between Delhi and Israeli defence industries, The Guardian reported.

Modi and the then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were pictured during the trip, walking barefoot together on a beach. Days before, Indian targets had started being selected, The Guardian said. 

Analysis of the more than 1,000 mostly Indian phone numbers selected for potential targeting by the NSO Group client using the Pegasus spyware that also hacked poll strategist Prashant Kishor strongly indicate that intelligence agencies within the Indian government were behind the target selection, the report added. 

Other numbers identified in the records included those of known priorities of the country's security agencies, including Kashmiri separatist leaders, Pakistani diplomats, Chinese journalists, Sikh activists and businesspeople known to be the subject of police investigations.  The client also identified two numbers registered to or once known to have been used by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the report said.

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