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What did the Indian government say?
After a report on Sunday, there is an uproar on this issue from the Parliament of India to the whole world on Monday. The Indian government has denied the allegations of ‘Pegasus Project’. The government said that the allegations of government surveillance have no solid basis. The Government of India in its statement said, “India is a strong democracy, committed to ensuring the right to privacy of all its citizens. Taking this commitment forward, it has enacted the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 and the IT Rules, 2021.” To protect everyone’s personal data and empower social media platform users.”
Pegasus controversy: Congress demands probe by Joint Parliamentary Committee
The government said that in the past similar claims were made of the Indian government using Pegasus on WhatsApp. There was no fact in those reports and it was denied by all the parties including WhatsApp in the Indian Supreme Court.
Pegasus hacks such a phone
Pegasus is a spyware. Spyware means software used for spying or surveillance. Through this, any phone can be hacked. After hacking, all the information including the camera, mic, messages and calls of that phone goes to the hacker.
Pegasus espionage case: The matter is very serious, the clarification of the Center is not being accepted: Mayawati
Pegasus came into limelight for the first time in 2016
Pegasus first came into the limelight in 2016. Then UAE’s Human Rights Activist Ahmed Mansoor had received several SMS from unknown numbers. Many of these links were sent. When Ahmed got suspicious about these messages, he got them checked by cyber experts. It was learned that if Ahmed had clicked on the link sent in the message, Pegasus would have been downloaded in his phone. (with agency input)
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