The closest advisers of the Tibetan non secular chief, the Dalai Lama, have been discovered on the listing of potential surveillance targets with the Israeli Pegasus spy ware that’s solely offered to governments, information web site The Wire reported on Thursday.
Cellphone numbers of employees of different Buddhist clerics, a number of Tibetan officers and activists had been additionally discovered on a leaked database that confirmed that they had been marked for being monitored from late 2017 to early 2019.
The inclusion of their telephone numbers, nonetheless, could not imply that they’ve been contaminated by Pegasus, as that may solely be confirmed by means of forensic evaluation of the system, The Wire mentioned.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, political strategist Prashant Kishor, union ministers and dozens of journalists had been discovered within the listing of targets earlier on this week within the scandal been dubbed “bigger than Watergate” by the opposition and strenuously dismissed by the federal government.
The information web site is amongst 17 media organisations who’re publishing an investigation that claims Pegasus had been utilized in tried or profitable hacks of smartphones utilizing malware that allows the extraction of messages, information calls and secretly prompts microphones.
The maker of the spy ware NSO, which has mentioned it sells its spy ware to solely “vetted governments”, has rejected the stories as “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories”. NDTV has not independently verified the reporting.