The software allows the recovery of text messages, photos, contacts and also listens to conversations of the phone's owners. The reactions follow a journalist investigation published on Sunday about a list of activists and journalists from France Forbidden Stories and the NGO Amnesty International.
1. Today we learnt from #PegasusProject & @thewire_in that potential targets for political spying, ahead of the 2019 election, include Congress president Rahul Gandhi and – equally shocking – Ashok Lavasa, the most independent of India's three election commissioners.
The investigation includes 180 journalists, 600 politicians, 85 militant human rights defenders, or 65 business people, according to information from several newspapers such as Le Monde, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Proceso y Aristegui News.
Authorities such as the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen said that the information has yet to be verified but if true "it is completely unacceptable."