Report: PM Imran Khan’s number among those targeted by Israeli spyware

India is among the top ten clients of the Israeli malware.

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(Reuters)

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s number was among the tens of thousands of numbers targeted by Israeli malware.

Other people whose numbers were targeted included politicians, journalists, activists, and business executives worldwide.

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This was revealed in a shocking report by the Washington Post.

The report was part of a collaborative investigation by The Washington PostThe GuardianLe Monde, and other media outlets.

Ten countries were listed as clients of the Israeli NSO Group and its Pegasus malware.

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Out of these, India was the most prominent client of the Israeli malware company. The South Asian country used the software to hack journalists, politicians, and others.

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According to the Washington Post, hundreds of numbers were targeted from Pakistan, including Prime Minister Imran Khan’s number.

However, the American publication did not confirm whether the hacking attempt into the premier’s phone was successful or not.

The Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, expressed concern over the report.

He stated that the unethical policies of the Modi administration have ‘dangerously polarised India and the region.’

Among the numbers found on the list were two belonging to women close to Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered by a Saudi hit squad in 2018.

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This leads to the assumption that Saudi Arabia used the Israeli malware to hack the phones of those close to Khashoggi.

Apart from politicians and business executives, several other journalists were targeted by the Israeli malware.

These included those from Agence France-Presse (AFP)The Wall Street JournalCNNThe New York TimesAl JazeeraFrance 24Radio Free EuropeMediapartEl Paísthe Associated Press (AP)Le MondeBloombergthe EconomistReuters, and Voice of America (VOA).

The top ten clients of the Israeli malware company were Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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