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Phone of Indian activist jailed on terrorism charges was infected with Pegasus spyware, new analysis finds

Phone of Indian activist jailed on terrorism charges was infected with Pegasus spyware, new analysis finds

A smartphone belonging to jailed Indian activist Rona Wilson was infiltrated using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware before his arrest, according to a new forensic analysis by Amnesty International’s Security Lab that reignites questions about the use of malware attacks against dissidents and government critics in India, writes the Washington Post.

The analysis by Amnesty showed that two backups of an iPhone 6s belonging to Wilson, who has been in jail on terrorism charges since June 2018, had digital traces showing infection by the Pegasus surveillance tool, which its developer, the Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO Group, has said has been licensed only to government agencies. The analysis expands the findings reported by The Washington Post and a global media consortium in July that the tool has been deployed against a wide range of targets around the world, including human rights activists and journalists.

The Indian government has neither confirmed nor denied that it is an NSO Group client.

Arsenal has worked on the case on a pro-bono basis.

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