The Wire report links the fall of the JDS-Congress government in July 2019 and the takeover of the BJP to alleged espionage. That is, when the JDS-Congress government had lost its place and the BJP had established its hold. During that time it was hacked.
The phone numbers of Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and personal secretaries of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah were reportedly chosen as potential targets. The Wire says these numbers were seen in a review of records of numbers that were of interest to an Indian customer of Israel’s NSO Group, which only sells its Pegasus spyware to governments.
Congress leader G Parameshwara said, “I was surprised to learn that Pegasus had carried out espionage activity on my phone when I was the Deputy Chief Minister, and Siddaramaiah and Secretary to the Chief Minister. The espionage activity by Pegasus is highly condemnable. The Ministry of Home Affairs or the Prime Minister’s Office cannot do this without the permission of the Government of India. I am sure the government is involved in this. I condemn it. They have misused their power to topple the governments in this country.”
The numbers are part of a leaked database accessed by French media non-profit Forbidden Stories and shared with an international media consortium called the Pegasus Project.
Let us tell you that Pegasus is made by an Israeli cyber security company NSO Group. It is also known by other names and one of them is ‘Q Cyber Technology’. This company was established in the year 2009. The common man cannot install Pegasus on his phone or other device.
The company says that it sells it only to the authorized government of a country. The company says that through this it helps the governments of the country to stop terrorism and crime. The company also states that it does not operate it itself. Only those to whom this software is sold can use it and all spyware data is also stored with the same authorized organization or government.
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