Pegasus: News

11 Apr 2024


Apple sounds alarm on 'mercenary spyware' attack targeting iPhone owners

Apple has issued a warning to iPhone users across 92 countries about potential targeted spyware attacks.

31 Oct 2023


Apple warns opposition leaders of state-sponsored attacks on iPhones: Report

Tech giant Apple has reportedly warned several opposition MPs and other leaders that state-sponsored actors may be targeting their iPhones.

19 Apr 2023

Spyware Attack

NSO Group allegedly hacked iPhones in new ways last year

A Canadian research group called Citizen Lab has accused Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group of using at least three new methods to hack iPhones last year.

10 Apr 2023

Pawan Khera

BJP may snoop on opposition with Pegasus-like Cognyte spyware: Congress

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre of attempting to buy new spyware, "Cognyte," for snooping on its ministers and the opposition.

03 Mar 2023

Rahul Gandhi

Pegasus used for spying on me: Rahul Gandhi at Cambridge

During his recent lecture at Cambridge University, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed that the Indian government used Pegasus, spyware developed by Israel's cyber-intelligence firm NSO Group, to spy on him and other politicians.

Centre didn't cooperate in Pegasus spyware probe, observes SC bench

The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of the highly contentious Pegasus spyware case for four weeks after reviewing the probe committee's report.

Pegasus row: SC grants probe panel time till June 20

The Supreme Court on Friday granted the probe panel time till June 20 to conclude the investigation and submit a report on claims that the Pegasus spyware was used to target journalists, activists, and politicians.

SC orders Pegasus probe; says Centre 'cannot get free pass'

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an independent probe into the Pegasus snooping scandal involving allegations of widespread surveillance of politicians, journalists, activists, etc.

Will pass order without Centre's affidavit: SC reserves Pegasus judgment

The Supreme Court Monday reserved interim orders on a batch of petitions in the Pegasus surveillance case.

Pegasus case: Supreme Court adjourns hearing till September 13

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on a plea seeking an investigation into the Pegasus surveillance scandal.

25 Aug 2021

West Bengal

Supreme Court to pass comprehensive order on Pegasus next week

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will pass a comprehensive order on the Pegasus surveillance scandal next week.

18 Aug 2021

West Bengal

Pegasus: SC refuses stay on West Bengal government's inquiry panel

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused a stay on the notification issued by the West Bengal government regarding the constitution of an inquiry commission to probe the alleged Pegasus snooping scandal.

Pegasus: Supreme Court issues notice to Centre

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions seeking a probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping scandal.

Pegasus row: Centre to set up probe committee; denies allegations

In an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court, the Centre has "unequivocally" denied allegations that the government used military-grade spyware Pegasus to hack the phones of journalists, lawyers, and activists.

Pegasus: Supreme Court asks petitioners to avoid social media debates

The Supreme Court of India today asked those seeking a probe into the Pegasus scandal to avoid participating in "parallel debates" on social media.

Pegasus row: Defence Ministry says 'no transaction' with spyware maker

The Union Ministry of Defence today said that it has done "no transaction" with NSO Group, the Israeli company which is at the center of a controversy involving its Pegasus spyware program.

09 Aug 2021

Narendra Modi

Parliament: Opposition leaders meet; key bills to be moved today

The ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, which has been marred by Opposition protests, enters its final week today.

08 Aug 2021

Narendra Modi

'Listen to us': Opposition to Modi before Parliament Session concludes

Just one week before the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament concludes, the Opposition said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should attend the proceedings and listen to their demands.

06 Aug 2021

Rahul Gandhi

Parliament adjourned; Opposition leaders join farmers' protest at Jantar Mantar

Both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned early for the day amid constant sloganeering by Opposition parties, a trend that has continued for the past two weeks.

Pegasus case: Snooping allegations serious if true, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the allegations emerging in the Pegasus snooping scandal are serious if they are correct.

Editors Guild of India approaches SC seeking probe into Pegasus

The Editors Guild of India (EGI) on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court, seeking a probe into alleged surveillance mounted on Indian citizens by using the Pegasus spyware.

03 Aug 2021

Narendra Modi

Parliament protests: PM Modi says Opposition insulting democracy, Constitution

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday fired a fresh salvo at the Opposition for not allowing the Parliament to function.

03 Aug 2021

Narendra Modi

Rahul Gandhi, Opposition leaders cycle to Parliament protesting fuel prices

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi today led a breakfast meeting of Opposition leaders to discuss a joint strategy against the central government in the Parliament.

02 Aug 2021


BJP ally Nitish Kumar demands probe into Pegasus scandal

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday backed the Opposition's demand for a probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping scandal.

02 Aug 2021

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi to host Opposition leaders over Pegasus row tomorrow

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to host members from 14 Opposition parties to discuss a collective strategy against the government over the Pegasus spyware controversy.

01 Aug 2021

Lok Sabha

Pegasus row: Rs. 133 crore loss from 'non-functioning' of Parliament

As the Opposition's continued protests over the Pegasus snooping scandal have stalled the functioning of Parliament, reports said the impasse is causing massive loss to the public exchequer.

Union Minister calls Pegasus scandal 'non-issue'; says Opposition's behavior 'unfortunate'

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi Friday said the Pegasus spyware controversy was a "non-issue" and the government will only discuss issues related to people.

31 Jul 2021

Lok Sabha

Amid Pegasus row, LS rushes 5 bills in 44 mins

The Monsoon Session of Parliament has seen repeated disruptions amid protests by the Opposition over the Pegasus spyware controversy.

SC to hear plea seeking probe into Pegasus next week

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the petition filed by journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar seeking a probe into the Pegasus snooping scandal.

28 Jul 2021

Shashi Tharoor

Pegasus: IT panel meeting postponed; BJP member demands Tharoor's removal

A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology was put off on Wednesday due to a lack of quorum as panel members from the Bharatiya Janata Party refused to sign attendance.

28 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi

Modi inserted Pegasus in phones; hit democracy's soul: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday fired a fresh salvo at the Narendra Modi government over the Pegasus scandal.

Journalists N Ram, Sashi Kumar move SC over Pegasus scandal

Senior journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar have approached the Supreme Court seeking an independent investigation into the alleged Pegasus snooping scandal.

26 Jul 2021

West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee sets up inquiry panel to probe Pegasus scandal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday ordered a formal investigation into the Pegasus snooping scandal in the state.

26 Jul 2021

Arvind Kejriwal

Former BSF chief, Arvind Kejriwal's aide feature on Pegasus list

The former chief of the Border Security Force (BSF), a senior Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer, a retired Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) officer, and two former Army officials were among potential targets for surveillance through the Pegasus spyware, The Wire reported on Monday.

23 Jul 2021

Amnesty International

Here's what Amnesty really said about the Pegasus controversy

Global human rights group Amnesty International said in an official statement that it fully stands by the findings of the Pegasus Project.

22 Jul 2021

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor rules out JPC probe on Pegasus scandal

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has ruled out the possibility of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the alleged Pegasus scandal.

22 Jul 2021

Government of India

Pegasus: Amnesty says never claimed leaked numbers were actually hacked

Human rights group Amnesty International said in a fresh statement that it never claimed the controversial list of phone numbers leaked over the weekend were actually spied on using the Pegasus spyware.

21 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi

Pegasus row: Shiv Sena demands Parliamentary probe; blames Centre

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday slammed the central government over the Pegasus scandal, saying that such an attack couldn't have happened without the Centre's approval.

21 Jul 2021

Shashi Tharoor

Pegasus row: Parliamentary panel to question Centre on July 28

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor-led Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology (IT) will take up the Pegasus scandal for inquiry on July 28.

21 Jul 2021


Congress government in Karnataka fell due to Pegasus, says party

The phone numbers of those linked to the former Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress government in Karnataka were reportedly surveilled at the time when the coalition government crumbled in 2019.

20 Jul 2021

Amit Shah

Pegasus row: Both Parliament Houses adjourned as Opposition protests

Both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned minutes after proceedings began today, as the Opposition continued to raise slogans and protest against the Pegasus scandal, that unfolded over the weekend.

20 Jul 2021


#NewsBytesExplainer: What's Pegasus spyware and how does it spread?

Recent reports suggest that the smartphones of over 40 Indian journalists from established media houses have been compromised by the Pegasus spyware.

19 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi

Governments need to hold NSO's spyware Pegasus accountable: WhatsApp CEO

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart on Sunday criticized the controversial spyware Pegasus for its alleged role in breaching the privacy of individuals by hacking their mobile phones across the globe.

'Attempt to malign our democracy': IT Minister on Pegasus controversy

Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister for Information Technology, today said in the Parliament that the "Pegasus Project" is an attempt to malign our democracy and its institutions.

19 Jul 2021


Phones of politicians, journalists reportedly hacked; Indian government denies involvement

India is committed to safeguarding the right to privacy of all its citizens, the central government said late on Sunday, responding to reports that mobile numbers of hundreds of Indians were hacked using a spyware.

26 Apr 2020


Israeli firm spied on WhatsApp users via US servers: Facebook

In a shocking development, Facebook has accused Israeli security firm NSO Group of using servers located in the US to launch a coordinated spyware attack on hundreds of users of WhatsApp, its main messaging service.

06 Feb 2020


Turkish plane breaks apart after skidding off runway; 3 dead

An aircraft crashed on the runway at the Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

29 Nov 2019


After spyware hack, Indian Government plans security audit of WhatsApp

WhatsApp has come under the scanner of the Indian Government.

03 Nov 2019


121 Indians may have been snooped: WhatsApp in September alert

Even as Indian authorities previously claimed that WhatsApp failed to alert them about a privacy breach by Israeli spyware, the Facebook-owned company reportedly issued two notifications in May and September.

02 Nov 2019


Alerted Indian government about privacy breach, says WhatsApp; Centre denies

On Friday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp clarified that it had informed Indian authorities about a privacy breach on its platform in May.

31 Oct 2019


Several Indian activists, journalists targeted by Israeli WhatsApp spyware

In a shocking disclosure, WhatsApp has revealed that Israeli spyware Pegasus was used to snoop on the messages of several Indian journalists and activists.