Pegasus: 80 journalists from 10 countries together exposed global espionage
Pegasus Project: These days Pegasus is being discussed all over the world. The reason is that the governments of many countries were spying on journalists, activists and opposition leaders through Pegasus. This has been revealed recently in an investigation.
Pegasus has been in the news for the past few days. Pegasus is a spyware developed by the Israeli company NSO Group. Recently it was revealed that Pegasus is being used by the governments of many countries to spy.
India’s name has also come up in this investigation. It has also been revealed that many journalists, activists and opposition leaders of India have been spied on from Pegasus. According to this report, more than 180 journalists were being spied on.
In fact, many international news organizations have a hand in disclosing the Pegasus case. These mainly include organizations named Forbidden Stories and Amnesty.
How did this complete investigative reporting happen and how the world came to know how deeply tools like Pegasus are affecting privacy. Let’s know.
80 journalists from around the world took part in the investigative reporting of the Pegasus Goblet spy. Journalists from about 10 countries have jointly investigated it and 17 media groups have been involved in it.
According to Forbidden Stories, this investigation started with a record of 50,000 phone numbers. It was jointly accessed by Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories. After this, two journalists of Forbidden Stories contacted many media houses around the world and brought them with them.
Everyone met in Paris during the corona virus epidemic. Till then he knew little about Pegasus Global espionage. After meeting the Pegasus Project was started.
For months, all the journalists had secure communication with each other. There were people associated with this project in 10 countries. These include India, France, Belgium, Mexico, Lebanon, America and Britain. All the journalists on the ground used to have secure communication with each other.
The Forbidden Stories team from Paris took the lead on Pegasus and through their fellow journalists gathered leads from Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and India.
Journalists of the Pegasus Project found that many of their fellow journalists were the target of this espionage by the government, that is, they were being spied on.
Journalists from these countries were spied on: Forbidden Stories
According to Forbidden Stories, more than 180 journalists from 20 countries were highlighted as potential targets. Amnesty Tech forensic some of these journalists and found that they were being monitored through Pegasus.
Many major changes were seen as a reaction to the Pegasus project. For example, the Israeli company NSO Group, which created Pegasus, used to use Amazon’s infrastructure. Amazon has shut down the infrastructure given to NSO Group as a reaction.
After this, Moroccan sued Forbidden Stories for defamation. Now slowly in many countries the demand to investigate this espionage is rising. On the other hand, WhatsApp head has called it a big attack on privacy. Because Pegasus can also hack WhatsApp.
Not only this, this investigative reporting has also revealed that even Apple’s iPhones are not safe from Pegasus. Before this investigation, it was not clear how this spyware can infect the phone and other systems. But now it is clear how dangerous this Pegasus is and what are its possible dangers.