The Minister of Information stated that the government is investigating whether the prime minister’s phone is being monitored after the Pegasus Project’s disclosure shows the numbers in the list.
The Pakistani government said it was investigating whether the mobile phone number used by Prime Minister Imran Khan was part of an attempt to monitor hackers using Pegasus software, the information minister said.
On Monday, the Washington Post, headquartered in the U.S. Report One number Khan has used is one of hundreds of numbers that may have been selected using the Pegasus mobile phone penetration and surveillance software of the Israeli company NSO.
According to a report by Pakistan’s “Dawn” on Tuesday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that Pakistan is investigating a possible hacking attempt, and if confirmed, the issue will be raised on an unspecified forum.
Earlier, Chowdhury expressed concern about the revelation of the Pegasus Project, which is a consortium of news organizations that produced stories based on leaks of internal NSO documents.
The project’s report shows that hundreds of human rights activists, human rights lawyers, journalists, political dissidents, political leaders, officials, and others may have been harmed by using NSO’s Pegasus software. The company only sells the software to the government.
The human rights organization Amnesty International confirmed that of the 67 mobile phones that were subjected to technical analysis, 23 were hacked and the other 14 showed signs of attempted intrusion.
“Very much attention comes from [UK-based newspaper The Guardian] The Indian government uses Israeli software to monitor journalists, political opponents and politicians, unethical policies [the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi] Dangerously polarize India and the region,” Information Minister Chowdhury said on Monday.
Although the data of the Pegasus project is organized into clusters and is recommended to be used by individual customers, it does not reveal which customer is responsible for entering which phone numbers.
An analysis of potential targets and relevance to known clients of the National Bureau of Statistics led the project to identify 10 governments that it believes are responsible for monitoring the list.
These governments come from India, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Hungary and the United Arab Emirates.