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Prashant Kishor, Rahul Gandhi, Abhishek Banerjee, 2 Union Ministers Among Pegasus ‘Targets’

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New Delhi: Election strategist Prashant Kishor’s phone was broken into using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, according to Amnesty International’s Security Lab-conducted digital forensics shared with The Wire.

In addition, the mobile number of key strategist and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee was also shortlisted as a potential target for surveillance by a government client of NSO Group. Leaked data from an investigation by The Wire and its media partners on the Pegasus Project showed.

At least two mobile phone accounts used by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi were among 300 verified Indian numbers listed as potential targets. Pegasus project reports published in The Wire showed that over 300 phone numbers, including those of two serving ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, among others, could have been the targets using the Pegasus spyware.

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