Whatsapp tells Indian politician Priyanka Gandhi her phone was hacked

Whatsapp tells Indian politician Priyanka Gandhi her phone was hacked

Whatsapp tells Indian politician Priyanka Gandhi her phone was hacked

"As far as I know, when WhatsApp supposedly sent messages to different people whose phones were hacked, Priyanka Gandhi also received a similar message", Randeep Singh Surjewala told the media.

Among the 1,400 users targeted across 20 nations were 121 Indian journalists, activists, lawyers and senior government officials, who were spied on for a two-week period in April before the national elections. He also claimed that the BJP-government was aware of this and there were documents that prove that the spyware Pegasus could be sold only to the government and not to any private entity. The other leader who came forward, the Congress said, was Praful Patel, a former Union minister from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party. "Yet the Government made a decision to remain mum", the Congress party said in its statement. He again met Facebook Vice-President, Mr. Nick Clegg on 12 September, 2019.

Her remarks came at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit to Bangkok, where he is scheduled to attend the 16th ASEAN-India Summit on November 3, and the 14th East Asia Summit and the Third RCEP Summit meeting on November 4.

"What is more alarming is the scope of spyware infection, an interesting list", Mr Surjewala said, naming a series of service providers including Bharti Airtel, Atria Convergence, Hathway Cable Internet, Star Broadband Services and the state-owned MTNL.

On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service filed a lawsuit in the United States against the NSO Group, accusing it of using the hugely popular instant messaging platform to conduct cyber espionage on almost 1,400 journalists, diplomats, dissidents and human right activists worldwide.

An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.

Gandhi received the message around the same time when WhatsApp was sending similar messages to those whose phones were allegedly hacked, Surjewala said. However, WhatsApp was quick to issue a statement countering Prasad's claim saying that it had informed the central government way back in April when the snooping attempt by Israeli spyware was first detected.

Almost two dozen activists, lawyers and journalists were targeted in India - WhatsApp's biggest market with some 400 million active users - according to Indian media reports.

Facebook has sued NSO, which claimed that its products were licensed only to "vetted and legitimate government agencies". The moment the phone rang, without users needing to answer that call, the malware was allegedly installed on the victim's phone. Neither the landline phones nor mobile phones are safe. It can even turn on the microphone and the camera and use the Global Positioning System function on the phone to track a target's location and movements.

This spyware was also allegedly used to track down the location of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul previous year.

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