Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
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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

Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.

Defence

Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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