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Pegasus Spyware: Two Union Ministers, Rahul Gandhi, Prashant Kishor on Pegasus List: Report | India News

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NEW DELHI: Congressman Rahul Gandhi, former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, newly appointed Minister of Railways, Communications and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw and junior Jal Shakti minister Prahlad Patel, along with poll strategist Prashant Kishor and Mamata Banerjee’s cousin Abhishek Banerjee are said to be targets of surveillance by Pegasus spyware, web portal The Wire reported Monday.
The names are part of a cache of about 1,000 songs from India, of which about 300 have been verified, according to the report. The Wire, which is part of the “Pegasus Project” involving media outfits from different countries, reported that at least two phone accounts used by Gandhi, as well as numbers used by his assistants and friends, were leaked in the database were.
With Gandhi changing his phone, it couldn’t be definitively established whether Pegasus was deployed, although attempts were said to have been made between mid-2018 and mid-2019, the report said. He no longer uses the two numbers.

The report also said Lavasa’s phone number was on the list of suspicious targets. Vaishnaw is suspected of having been identified as a surveillance target in 2017, while another number is believed to be in his wife’s name.
The media portal reported that at least 15 phones were linked to Prahlad Patel, including his wife’s, which may have been targeted.

While VHP official Pravin Togadia was likely targeted in 2018, some aides to BJP officials may have also faced attempts to break into their phones.
Kishor’s phone is said to have been “broken in” during the Bangladesh elections earlier this year when he was Mamata Banerjee’s chief strategist. Her cousin and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee is also a likely target, although his phone has not been forensically examined to definitively determine a breach.

But an examination of Kishor’s phone has reportedly revealed traces of failed attempts in 2018, months before the latest Lok Sabha polls. Amnesty’s forensic analysis found traces of infection on Kishor’s phone on April 28, just a day before the final stage of the poll in West Bengal’s eight-stage assembly election, reported The Wire.
The report also said a Supreme Court official who had accused former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment identified a person of interest with her number, along with those of her husband and his brothers who were also on the list.

Pakistan PM number also on list:
A number once used by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is suspected of being the target of the spyware, the Washington Post reported.

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