Journalists, rights activists from India spied upon using Israeli spyware, says WhatsApp

The Indian government has asked WhatsApp for a detailed response by November 4

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Nov 1, 2019 11:28 AM

WhatsApp has said that journalists and rights activists from India have been spied upon using Pegasus, an Israeli spyware, media reports have said.

The Indian government has now asked WhatsApp to specify steps that have been taken to protect privacy.

In a tweet, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the messaging platform has been asked to explain the kind of breach.

On its part, WhatsApp has said that in May it prevented a cyber attack which exploited its video calling system to send malware to users. It said a message was sent to nearly 1,400 users who it believed had been impacted by the attack.

A WhatsApp spokesperson was quoted by media reports as saying: "Indian users were among those contacted by us this week."

India has asked WhatsApp for a detailed response by November 4.

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