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WhatsApp told MeitY in September that 121 Indians were targeted by Pegasus, MeitY reveals in Parliament

WhatsApp Pegasus

WhatsApp informed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on September 5, 2019, that approximately 121 users in India may have been breached by Pegasus. MeitY revealed this in a written response (available below) to Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s question raised in Parliament today. This completely undermines MeitY’s earlier statements that WhatsApp had not informed it about the scale of the breach. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s earlier statement, wherein he sought a response from WhatsApp about the “kind of breach”, appears to be uninformed. MeitY's answer also called reports about government purchasing Pegasus misleading and classified them as “attempts to malign the Government of India”. Timeline of communication between MeitY and WhatsApp Meity’s answer finally gives a timeline for the communication between the MeitY, Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and WhatsApp over the VoIP call vulnerability in WhatsApp…

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