Which government wing bought Pegasus, who instructed to spy: Sibal's Question Center

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday sought answers from the central government on the controversy surrounding Israel spyware Pegasus.

Taking to, he asked the government to provide information about its wing which has purchased the spyware and who gave the instructions for snooping.

Israeli NSO sold spyware Pegasus only to Governments. Before answers our Govt. Must tell us: 1) Which wing of Govt. Purchased Pegasus 2) At what price 3) Who handled it's operations 4) Who gave instructions for snooping 5) Which other platforms are compromised, Sibal tweeted.

According to reports, WhatsApp revealed that journalists and activists in India have been the target of surveillance by operators using the Israeli spyware Pegasus.

The messaging platform said it had reached the people who were attacked, but refused to reveal the identities and the exact number of those who were attacked.

Earlier, the Facebook-owned courier company said Friday that it remains committed to protecting all messages from its users.

In a statement, WhatsApp said, Our highest priority is the privacy and security of WhatsApp users. In May, we quickly resolved a security issue and notified relevant Indian and international government authorities. Since then we've worked to identify targeted users to ask the courts to hold the international spyware firm known as the NSO Group accountable.

According to sources, in May of this year, WhatsApp had provided information to CERT-IN, a government agency, and the communication was purely technical jargon without mentioning Israeli Pegasus or the extent of the violation. We agree with the Government of India that it is essential that together we do everything possible to protect users from hackers trying to weaken security. WhatsApp remains committed to protecting all user messages through the product we offer, the company said.

The Center sought an explanation of WhatsApp on Thursday to explain the privacy breach after the messaging platform informed several Indian users this week that Pegasus had been targeted by them earlier this year.

The information technology minister of the Union said yesterday that the government is concerned about the violation of the privacy of the citizens of India and has sought a detailed explanation of the messaging platform.

We have asked WhatsApp to explain the type of violation and what it is doing to safeguard the privacy of millions of Indian citizens, he wrote on Twitter.