NSO Group, a non-public Israeli cybersecurity agency that sells the spyware and adware Pegasus, has dismissed media reviews that alleged that telephones of distinguished personalities, together with journalists, politicians and consultants in India had been focused for surveillance, terming them “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories”.

“The report by Forbidden Stories is full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories that raise serious doubts about the reliability and interests of the sources. It seems like the ‘unidentified sources’ have supplied information that has no factual basis and are far from reality,” the NSO Group mentioned in a press release.

“We firmly deny the false allegations made in their report. Their sources have supplied them with information which has no factual basis, as evident by the lack of supporting documentation for many of their claims. In fact, these allegations are so outrageous… that NSO is considering a defamation lawsuit.”

An investigation by a consortium of media homes has alleged that telephone hacking software program Pegasus was used to focus on probably hundreds of individuals world wide, together with 38 Indian journalists, and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, political strategist Prashant Kishor and former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa.

In its assertion, the NSO Group additionally mentioned that it “has a good reason to believe the claims that are made by the unnamed sources to Forbidden Stories, are based on misleading interpretation of data from accessible and overt basic information…”


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