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Spearphishing is a sophisticated cyber attack compared that is tailored to gain the target’s trust by, say, impersonating a known contact.

Cyber attack: At least nine rights activists targeted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Binayak Dasgupta
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 03:24 AM IST
Among the targets were lawyers representing the activists arrested over the Bhima Koregaon case and some of who were subject to attacks through the Pegasus spyware that was delivered through WhatsApp.
New Delhi, India - Nov. 25, 2019: BJP Members of Parliament Ravi Shankar Prasad (C) Arjun Ram Meghwal (L) and Pralhad Joshi (R) addresses media at Parliament House in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - Nov. 25, 2019: BJP Members of Parliament Ravi Shankar Prasad (C) Arjun Ram Meghwal (L) and Pralhad Joshi (R) addresses media at Parliament House in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

20 WhatsApp users likely compromised, Lok Sabha told

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2019 06:41 AM IST
“WhatsApp believes it is likely that personal data within the WhatsApp app of approximately 20 users may have been accessed out of approximately 121 in India whose devices the attacker attempted to reach,” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The Union government is likely to cite the WhatsApp snooping controversy to push through with its plan to compel digital companies to store data of Indian users locally(REUTERS)
The Union government is likely to cite the WhatsApp snooping controversy to push through with its plan to compel digital companies to store data of Indian users locally(REUTERS)

Government to push localisation of data after snooping row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 03:29 AM IST
WhatsApp acknowledged the flaw in its system as part of a vulnerability disclosure to American authorities published on May 14 and told the Indian government that 121 Indians had been targeted in a communication in September.
The panel is headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.(PTI Photo)
The panel is headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.(PTI Photo)

Shashi Tharoor’s casting vote ensures House panel to examine Pegasus deal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 06:25 AM IST
The issue of WhatsApp hacking, through the use of Pegasus software -- reports have said the accounts of 121 individuals in India were hacked -- was on the agenda, albeit not explicitly, as was the cyber threat to the Kudankulam nuclear plant.
WhatsApp has over 400 million users in India.(REUTERS Photo)
WhatsApp has over 400 million users in India.(REUTERS Photo)

WhatsApp expresses ‘regret’ over Pegasus snooping row, writes to government

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 09:18 PM IST
According to WhatsApp, the spyware was developed by Israel-based NSO Group and had been used to snoop on about 1,400 users globally, including 121 users from India.
On Tuesday, the government said it’s empowered to intercept, monitor and decrypt digital information in the public interest as long as its agencies follow the law.(AP/ Representative Image)
On Tuesday, the government said it’s empowered to intercept, monitor and decrypt digital information in the public interest as long as its agencies follow the law.(AP/ Representative Image)

Parliamentary panel to discuss WhatsApp snooping case today

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2019 07:49 AM IST
Pegasus is a spyware that is believed to have broken through encrypted communication systems such as WhatsApp and can monitor about smartphones
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 pm: Empowered to monitor digital information in public interest, says govt and all the latest news at this hour

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2019 08:57 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)
The government can monitor digital information.(File Photo)

Empowered to intercept, monitor digital information in public interest: Govt

Bloomberg | By Archana Chaudhary
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 04:42 PM IST
Information can only be intercepted by “authorised agencies as per due process of law, and subject to safeguards as provided in the rules,” the statement by G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of State for Home, said.
Laws, the rule of law, and courts are not enough to protect and vindicate the right to privacy against State intrusion(AFP)
Laws, the rule of law, and courts are not enough to protect and vindicate the right to privacy against State intrusion(AFP)

India must now reform its surveillance law | HT Analysis

By Gautam Bhatia
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2019 07:24 PM IST
The WhatsApp-Pegasus controversy affords a golden opportunity to do just that
Ravi Shankar Prasad sent out a strong message saying India takes privacy seriously.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Ravi Shankar Prasad sent out a strong message saying India takes privacy seriously.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Data imperialism is not acceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 02:33 AM IST
The comments assume significance in the backdrop of recent disclosures by messaging giant WhatsApp that said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.
WhatsApp has filed proceedings in the United States district court for redress. WhatsApp should be directed to file similar proceedings in India(REUTERS)
WhatsApp has filed proceedings in the United States district court for redress. WhatsApp should be directed to file similar proceedings in India(REUTERS)

The State must address the WhatsApp breach, writes Kapil Sibal

By Kapil Sibal
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2019 06:27 PM IST
It must give definitive answers on this invasion of individual freedom, and the courts must protect people
The Pegasus spyware of the nso group can hack both iOS and Android devices by targeting vulnerabilities in the operating systems. It is capable of running in the background without the targeted user ever knowing about the hack(REUTERS)
The Pegasus spyware of the nso group can hack both iOS and Android devices by targeting vulnerabilities in the operating systems. It is capable of running in the background without the targeted user ever knowing about the hack(REUTERS)

Why there cannot be any national security without individual privacy | Analysis

By Apar Gupta
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2019 06:00 AM IST
NSO-Pegasus case: Set up an independent inquiry panel and conduct its proceedings transparently
Several human rights activists, lawyers and journalists in India came forward on Thursday to say that they had been identified as targets of Whatsapp hack.(REUTERS Photo)
Several human rights activists, lawyers and journalists in India came forward on Thursday to say that they had been identified as targets of Whatsapp hack.(REUTERS Photo)

WhatsApp sent second alert in September, informed 121 Indians may have been targeted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 07:53 AM IST
The two alerts – one in May and the September communication – were reiterated in the response, which was sent ahead of the November 4 deadline set by the government, this person said, asking not to be named.
WhatsApp has been given time till November 4 to respond, and the government will decide on the future course of action once it receives a reply from the company.(REUTERS Photo)
WhatsApp has been given time till November 4 to respond, and the government will decide on the future course of action once it receives a reply from the company.(REUTERS Photo)

Govt has no dealings with Israel firm behind WhatsApp snoopgate, says official: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 06:12 AM IST
The source said there has been no dealing between the government and the NSO, and that the fight is between NSO and WhatsApp. The Indian government is concerned only because Indian names are involved, the source said.
WhatsApp said that it wanted to work with the Indian government to safeguard the privacy of its Indian users. (Representative image)(REUTERS Photo)
WhatsApp said that it wanted to work with the Indian government to safeguard the privacy of its Indian users. (Representative image)(REUTERS Photo)

‘Notified govt about security issue in May’: WhatsApp on snooping row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 09:15 AM IST
On Thursday, WhatsApp said Indian citizens, including former Union minister Praful Patel and former Lok Sabha MP Santosh Bharatiya, were among the those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using a spyware called Pegasus, developed by Israel-based NSO Group.
While the spying case must be investigated, citizens should be more cautious too. Learn how to use safer technologies for messages; be discreet if possible; and always remember that if you have a mobile phone, you can be snooped upon(REUTERS)
While the spying case must be investigated, citizens should be more cautious too. Learn how to use safer technologies for messages; be discreet if possible; and always remember that if you have a mobile phone, you can be snooped upon(REUTERS)

What the WhatsApp spying reveals

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2019 08:28 PM IST
An independent panel must investigate the surveillance
Defendants in the Beer Hall Putsch trial. Adolf Hitler is second from right.(Wikimedia Commons)
Defendants in the Beer Hall Putsch trial. Adolf Hitler is second from right.(Wikimedia Commons)

Children’s book that included Hitler among great leaders removed from publisher’s website

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2018 05:08 PM IST
The inclusion of German dictator Adolf Hitler in a book, titled Great Leaders, published by an Indian publisher and available on its online store, had led to protests and demands that it be withdrawn.
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