Israeli firm the NSO Group which developed the Pegasus spyware has dismissed the reports by Paris-based media non-profit ‘Forbidden Stories’ that the spyware may have been used to conduct surveillance on the verified mobile phone numbers of more than 300 Indians including cabinet ministers of the Union government, three opposition leaders, a constitutional authority, government officials, scientists and about 40 journalists.
Cyber intelligence company- NSO Group says the report by Forbidden Stories is “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories.” The statement says that the report “has no factual basis and are far from reality” #Pegasus pic.twitter.com/RNSQOrqa7w
— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2021
“The report by Forbidden Stories is full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories that raise serious doubts about the reliability and interests of the sources. It seems like the “unidentified sources” have supplied information that has no factual basis and are far from reality,” the NSO group said in a statement.
The NSO group in the statement also said that it was considering a defamation suit. “In fact, these allegations are so outrageous and far from reality, that NSO is considering a defamation lawsuit,” the statement said.
Dismissing the claims the Pegasus data was leaked from the company’s servers, the NSO statement said, “The claims that the data was leaked from our servers, is a complete lie and ridiculous, since such data never existed on any of our servers.”
Doubling down on the claims the company stated that it sells its technologies solely to law enforcement and intelligence agencies of vetted governments for the sole purpose of saving lives through preventing crime and terror acts. The NSO further mentioned that it does not operate the system and has no visibility to the data.