Pegasus spyware not found in 29 mobile phones tested: Panel to SC India News – Times of India

New Delhi: Controversial Israeli spyware Pegasus A panel in its report submitted to the Supreme Court has said that the 29 mobile phones tested were not found.
Of the 29 mobile phones tested, 5 were probably infected with some malware, but the panel did not specify them as Pegasus.
The panel, headed by retired Supreme Court judge RV Raveendran, submitted its report to the apex court last month. It was formed after allegations that spyware was used to target critics of the Narendra Modi government.
The report comprises three parts – digital images of phones tested for spyware infection, the report of the technical committee and the report of Justice Raveendran, the supervising member.
The report also states that there is some malware that can be misused and cause security concern as well as breach the privacy of citizens. It suggests measures to prevent misuse of malware for surveillance.
It recommended that the country’s cyber security needs to be enhanced while protecting the right to privacy to prevent unauthorized surveillance. It said there should be a special investigative agency to investigate cyber attacks and strengthen the country’s cyber security network.
It also said that private firms resorting to illegal surveillance should be prosecuted.
The committee, in its observation, noted that the government had not fully cooperated in testing the phone for malware.
However, it said the details of the report could not be made public.

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