Tuesday, 25 January, 2022
TopicNSO Group

Topic: NSO Group

NSO Group of Pegasus fame on US trade blacklist for ‘malicious cyber activities’

Move comes months after reports said NSO Group’s Pegasus was used to attempt or carry out surveillance on phones of govt leaders, journalists, activists and lawyers, among others.

Apple says latest emergency update fixes ‘zero click’ spyware flaw in Messages app

Flaw allowed a hacker to gain access to an Apple device using Pegasus spyware. 'Zero click' refers to how victims don't have to click on a malicious file for it to infect devices.

Only 15% Indians know about Pegasus. But once aware, their distrust of Modi govt grows

Prashnam's 12-state survey shows a general lack of awareness. But among those who know what Pegasus is, a greater percentage say Modi government snoops on ordinary citizens.

Categorically stand by findings of Pegasus Project, Amnesty International says

The comments came after media reports said that Amnesty has claimed it never said that the leaked phone numbers were specifically a list of numbers targeted by the Pegasus spyware.

The NSO Group behind Pegasus list & its murky past — from Mexico to Jamal Khashoggi to India

NSO Group, a cyber-surveillance company based in Israel, developed and sells the spyware Pegasus that was allegedly used to try and snoop on several prominent people across the world.

Pegasus: Global media calls out NSO, seeks robust oversight of ‘unrestrained’ spyware industry

Several editorials across the world called out the NSO Group and its clients for using Pegasus spyware. They also called for greater transparency in private spyware industry.

WhatsApp, in letter to Modi govt, expresses ‘regret’ over Pegasus snooping issue

WhatsApp said it will ensure better safety measures after it confirmed last month that Pegasus spyware was used to spy on Indian journalists and human rights activists through its app.

The rise of Pegasus and why India should know the problem with hiring ‘internet mercenaries’

Pegasus, the spyware behind India’s WhatsApp snooping incident, has been used in over 45 countries and comes with a hefty price.

The WhatsApp hack was possible because cyber warfare is a lawless land

WhatsApp was hacked by a software developed by Israeli firm NSO, which is a small part of the unregulated environment of hackers, developers & sovereign govts.

On Camera

YourTurn

Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.

Defence

File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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