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Government denies purchasing Pegasus spyware from Israeli-based NSO Group
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Government denies purchasing Pegasus spyware from Israeli-based NSO Group

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Delhi, 03 Nov 2019: The Central government has denied all allegations of purchasing the Pegasus spyware from Israel-based NSO Group for surveillance.

Twenty four hours after the country went beserk over the Pegasus spyware which affected 1,400 people across the globe, the government flatly denied purchasing the spyware from the Israel-based NSO Group.

Pegasus spyware allegedly exploited WhatsApp's video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls. An RTI was filed on October 23 by activist Saurav Das in which he asked whether the Indian government purchased or gave purchase order for the Pegasus software from the NSO Group.

In response, the Ministry of Home Affairs on October 31 said, "Please refer to your online RTI application dated 23.10.2019 received by the undersigned CPIO on 24.10.2019. It is informed that no such information is available with the undersigned CPIO."

"An appeal, if any, against this reply can be made within 30 days," the MHA reply added.

Pegasus spyware allegedly exploited WhatsApp's video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on 1,400 select users globally, including over 20 people in India.