Former CBI chief included in Pegasus list after sacking in 2018: Report

Alok Verma was fired as CBI director by a panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi:

News website The Wire reported on Thursday that former CBI chief Alok Verma, who was inexplicably fired in 2018 after clashes with the government, listed targets for surveillance along with Israeli spyware Pegasus, just hours after he was fired. was added to.

However, the inclusion of phone numbers may not mean that their device was infected with Pegasus, as this can only be confirmed through forensic analysis.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, political strategist Prashant Kishor, Union ministers and dozens of journalists were found targeted earlier this week in the scam, which was dubbed “bigger than Watergate” by the opposition and sternly dismissed by the government. was.

The Wire is among 17 media organizations that are publishing this investigation, which states that Pegasus was used in an attempted or successful hack of a smartphone using malware that can extract messages, record calls, and send messages. Enables the microphone to be activated secretly.

The maker of spyware NSO, which has said it only sells its spyware to “investigated governments”, dismissed the reports as “full of misconceptions and unconfirmed theories”. NDTV has not independently confirmed the reporting.

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