A woman checks the website of Israel-made Pegasus spyware at an office in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on July 21, 2021. - Reports that Israel-made Pegasus spyware has been used to monitor activists, journalists and politicians around the world highlight the diplomatic risks of nurturing and exporting "oppressive technology", experts warned. Private Israeli firm NSO Group has denied media reports its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israel's defence ministry. (Photo by Mario GOLDMAN / AFP)

The US has said it is against the use of spying technology on civil society, regime critics and journalists or anybody  even its maintained that it has no particular insight into the Pegasus  case in India.

The  use of the Pegasus software to spy on politicians, journalists, human rights defenders and others in many countries, including India, has triggered concerns over issues relating to privacy.

According to an international media consortium, Politicians, rights  journalists were among those targeted with phone spyware sold to various governments by the Israeli firm NSO Group Technologies,

“The whole notion of using this type of technology against civil society, or regime critics, or journalists, or anybody like that through extrajudicial means is always concerning” .

Pegasus software to spy on politicians, journalists, human rights defenders and others in many countries, including India, has triggered concerns over issues relating to privacy.

On Friday Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson told reporters during a news conference here .

The international media consortium on Sunday reported that over 300 verified mobile phone numbers of over 40 journalists, 3 opposition leaders and one sitting judge besides scores of businesspersons and activists in India could have been targeted for hacking through the Pegasus spyware.

India on Monday categorically rejected allegations linked to the Pegasus snooping row, saying attempts were being made to “malign” Indian democracy.

 Ashwini Vaishnaw , information technology minister asserted that illegal surveillance was not possible with checks and balances in the country’s laws. “18th July 2021 the press report appear to be an attempt to malign the Indian democracy and its well-established institutions”.

The Indian government has been denying all opposition allegations over the matter . Pegasus case in India, Thompson said, “We  I don’t have any particular special insights into the India case. he said “I know this is a  issue, but I will say that we’ve been, I think, quite vocal about trying to find ways for companies to be able to ensure that their technology is not used in these types of ways. we will certainly continue to press those issues,” .

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