Pegasus Controversy: The giant e-commerce company Amazon has taken big action regarding Pegasus. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has shut down infrastructure and accounts associated with Israeli surveillance company NSO Group. NSO Group is the same company that sells Pegasus. This move of AWS has been disclosed by Vice. Amazon has taken this step a day after the revelations under the Global Investigative Project. Under the Investigative Project, it has been revealed that people were spied in many countries through Pegasus spyware, including 300 mobile phone numbers of India. An AWS spokesperson told Motherboard that the infrastructure and accounts associated with the company that sold it were immediately shut down as soon as it became aware of people being spied through this spyware.
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Info sent through services from Amazon CloudFront
According to the report of Vice, information was sent to the service provided by Amazon Cloudfront from the phone which had Pegasus malware. CloudFront is a content delivery network from Amazon that delivers data, videos, applications and APIs to its customers at high speed in a secure manner in a developer-friendly environment, according to the company’s website. According to The Wire, there are about 50,000 telephone numbers in the leaked global database, and France’s non-profit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International found this data first. According to the NSO Group, Pegasus has been sold only to government agencies for the purpose of fighting terrorism and crime, but in many countries there have been allegations of its use to spy on people.
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They were targeted in India
Globally, the investigative project under which this has been revealed includes digital news platform The Wire. According to this disclosure, two current Union ministers, three opposition leaders, a constitutional authority and some journalists and business people were spied on in India. According to the disclosure, those who were spied on included former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, Union Ministers Prahlad Patel and Ashwini Vaishnav, political strategist Prashant Kishor, West Bengal Chief Minister’s nephew and Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee. And the names of virologist Gangdeep Kang are included. Apart from this, according to the report, big journalists of many leading media organizations including Indian Express were also targeted by Pegasus. Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on this issue that you understand the chronology, it is an attempt to malign the image of India. Shah said that there is a need to look at this report and then the disruption in Parliament.
(Source: Indian Express)