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Pak PM Imran Khan was potential target of Pegasus spyware programme: Report

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was a potential target of the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware programme by clients of the NSO Group cyberespionage firm, media reports claimed here on Monday.

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Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 



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Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister was a potential target of the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware programme by clients of the NSO Group cyberespionage firm, media reports claimed here on Monday.

The collaborative efforts by an media consortium on an investigation into a data leak showed that at least one number once used by Prime Minister Khan was on the list of people whose phones were targeted, Dawn newspaper reported.

It was not clear if Prime Minister Khan's phone was actually hacked, it added.

It was also not clear how many other people from were on the list, which according to The Washington Post had more than hundred phone numbers from .

The report was published by some prominent publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian and Le Monde, as media partners to an investigation conducted by Paris-based media non-profit organisation Forbidden Stories and rights group Amnesty into a leaked list of more than 50,000 phone numbers from across the world that are believed to have been the target of surveillance through Pegasus software of Israeli surveillance company NSO Group.

Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that he was extremely concerned by news reports of the use of spyware programme to hack phones.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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First Published: Mon, July 19 2021. 21:52 IST

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