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Why No One Is Safe From Pegasus Spyware

NEW DELHI: Edward Snowden alerted us to the threats to privacy back in 2013. But recent revelations that software made by an Israeli firm NSO Group called Pegasus spyware, which is potentially hacking billions of phones across the world, has ensured that threats to democracy have become all too real. An investigation called the Pegasus Project conducted by international media houses and provided support by Amnesty International estimates that over 50,000 phone numbers of journalists and activists have been leaked and the phones of over 600 politicians hacked, the most prominent target being France’s President Emmanuel Macron. With cyber lawyers warning things are only likely to get worse, we look at the fallout of the Pegasus spyware scandal and what can be done

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