News: A month back, Supreme Court had appointed an independent expert technical committee to examine allegations that the government used an Israeli spyware, Pegasus, to snoop on its own citizens. This decision of SC received near-universal acclaim, reaffirming its institutional credibility. But, the constitutional court could have done more in terms of the outcome of… Continue reading Law for national security: Vital point on rights is sidestepped in the way SC’s Pegasus case is framed
Source: Livemint Relevance: Impact of the Pegasus spyware issue Synopsis: Pegasus has shown just how easy it now is for governments to spy on people. Such tools being in wide use has given rise to calls for legislative action to keep them under democratic supervision. Background In light of the Pegasus spyware issue, a need… Continue reading Pegasus has given privacy legislation a jab of urgency
Introduction Recently, a global collaborative investigative effort, titled the Pegasus project, revealed that Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware targeted over 300 mobile phone numbers in India. As per reports, at least 40 journalists, Cabinet Ministers, and holders of constitutional positions were possibly subjected to surveillance. The reports are based on a leaked global database… Continue reading Pegasus spyware issue – Explained, pointwise
Source: The Hindu Relevance: Understanding various dimensions of the fall out of the Pegasus revelations. Synopsis: International treaties, rules, and reports on the issue of right to privacy & the way forward in the Pegasus case. Background The Pegasus revelations reflect an attack on Indian democracy and Indian citizens. National security is important, but it… Continue reading The hacking of Indian democracy
Source: Livemint Syllabus: GS3 – Security Relevance: Implications of the Pegasus issue Synopsis: Pegasus issue has crucial national security and geopolitical dimensions that must enter the national debate. Conflict b/w liberty & national security Information governance (the way in which information is used and managed) in liberal democracies has two key goals: First, to protect… Continue reading What Pegasus says about cyber power and our national security?
Source: The Hindu, Indian Express, Livemint Relevance: Understanding the potential negative impact of cyberthreats and ways to counter them. Synopsis: Cyberthreats need to be countered with a deeper understanding of cyber technologies. Short term remedies won’t work. Background Pegasus spyware issue has compelled nations to realize the threat posed by such new age weapons. Must… Continue reading The Pegasus nightmare
Source: Business Standard What is the News? India’s name has figured among countries that used Pegasus spyware to potentially target politicians, journalists, and activists. About Pegasus: Pegasus is a type of malicious software or malware classified as a spyware.It has been developed by Israeli security firm NSO Group. Purpose: Pegasus is designed for three main… Continue reading Pegasus spyware: The stealth with which it infects phones
Source: Indian Express, Indian Express 2, Livemint Relevance: Implication of the Pegasus spyware issue Synopsis: The Pegasus scandal is a matter of grave concern for Indian democracy. Implications and future course of action. Implications of Pegasus spyware issue Allegations against Supreme Court: There are allegations that the phones of the woman who had complained of sexual harassment… Continue reading What the Pegasus surveillance scandal means for Indian democracy?
Source: The Hindu 1, The Hindu 2 Relevance: Possible future course of action for India after the recent revelations under Pegasus spyware issue. Synopsis: Dealing with the implications of the Pegasus spyware issue and the policy challenges involved in existing laws. Background Under the revelations made in the Pegasus spyware issue, it is clear that… Continue reading Pegasus spyware issue – concerns and way forward
Source: The Hindu What is the News? According to a report, Pegasus spyware may have been used to conduct surveillance on about 300 Indians including two Cabinet ministers three opposition leaders, a Constitutional authority, government officials, scientists and about 40 journalists. About Pegasus It is a spyware created by NSO Group, an Israeli cybersecurity firm… Continue reading Pegasus spyware used to ‘snoop’ on Indian journalists, activists
News:Recently,it has been reported that WhatsApp was used to spy on journalists and human rights activists in India earlier this year.The surveillance was carried out using a spyware tool called Pegasus. Facts: About Pegasus: Pegasus is a spyware that can hack any iOS or Android device and steal a variety of data from the infected… Continue reading Spyware Pegasus used to Snoop WhatsApp