Describing the entire WhatsApp snooping episode as worrisome, Congress leader Anand Sharma who chairs the parliamentary standing committing on home affairs, said this issue will be taken up at the panel's next meeting.
Balla Ravindranath said he started receiving messages from an unknown international number to his Whatsapp claiming to be from a Canada-based Citizen Labs since October 7, saying
they were conducting a survey on the hacking, which the lawyer ignored.
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala attacked the government saying and questioned specifically who had purchased the spyware and if they had been aware of the breach of privacy.
The lack of cyber security laws to safeguard citizens, as well as the trend of such tools falling into criminal hands, are what makes Pegasus a graver threat.
Those targeted in India include journalists, academics and human rights activists arrested over their alleged involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon Dalit riots.
Priyanka Gandhi's remarks come after WhatsApp said that Indian scribes and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using Israeli spyware Pegasus.
Traditionally, Pegasus works by sending a link, and if the target user clicks on it, it is installed on the user’s device.
'The Govt seeking WhatsApp's response on who bought Pegasus to spy on Indian citizens is like Modi asking Dassault who made money on the sale of Rafale jets to India,' tweeted Rahul Gandhi.
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The MHA officials also said the government will take strict action against any intermediary responsible for breach of privacy of citizens in the wake of the WhatsApp snooping controversy.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is concerned about the breach of privacy of citizens on WhatsApp and the messaging platform has been to explain the kind of breach.
Although the government has not yet responded to the allegations officially, sources denied allegations that the administration had any role in it.
The admission of the Dtrack attack on India's largest nuclear power plant comes a day after KKNPP issued a statement strongly denying these claims.
Stakerware, commercial monitoring software used to spy on spouses or partners, run hidden in the victim's smartphone or laptop, without their consent or knowledge.
According to Kaspersky researcher Konstantin Zykov, the tool is an evolution of the older ATMDtrack tool created by cybercrime consortium, Lazarus.
The SimJacker vulnerability, uncovered by AdaptiveMobile Security, exploits a common SIM card flaw to affect nearly a billion Android, iOS, eSIM and IoT devices.
The malicious app, called Radio Balouch aka RB Music even made to Google Play before being removed from the official Android app twice.
The majority of Internet users are still held hostage by the Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram empire, Says Pavel Durov.
According to multiple cyber security research firms, WhatsApp's latest spyware attack may have exposed contacts, location and media data of users in bulk.
The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the app’s voice calling function, the spokesman for the Facebook subsidiary said
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