While Whatsapp spyware row has been grabbing national headlines, it’s important to know what is Pegasus, how it functions and how one users can secure themselves from it.
The Indian government has sought an explanation from WhatsApp on the alleged surveillance of phones of some persons. The Facebook-owned messaging service said that it had shared information with the Indian government about the technical breach.
In a statement, WhatsApp said, “Our highest priority is the privacy and security of WhatsApp users. In May, we quickly resolved a security issue and notified relevant Indian and international government authorities. Since then we have worked to identify target users to ask the courts to hold the international spyware firm known as the NSO Group accountable.”
As complaints about hacking of WhatsApp data by the Pegasus spyware developed by an Israeli firm NSO group came up, Amit Malviya, IT Cell chief of the BJP, questioned the timing of their complaints also asked if they were contacted by WhatsApp earlier, why didn’t they come and say it earlier. In a tweet, while replying to Rahul Gandhi, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that privacy became a fundamental right under the Narendra Modi government.
The Union government was quick to spring into action as complaints about hacking of WhatsApp data by the Pegasus spyware developed by an Israeli firm NSO group came up.
Even as the government sought an explanation, some decided to make it a political slugfest after it was said that around 12 lawyers, journalists and activists had been targeted.