Today at the Rajya Sabha, the newly appointed Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw is likely to speak about the Pegasus hacking controversy. Vaishnaw and another Union minister were among the prominent people who were potentially targeted by the Israeli phone hacking software.

On Monday, Vaishnaw dismissed the reports suggesting India used the spyware Pegasus to hack phones of journalists, activists, opposition leaders, and ministers. He said it was an ‘attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions’.

Meanwhile, the Opposition has claimed that the names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists appeared on the leaked list of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware. However, the government has denied any involvement.

According to an international media consortium, it has claimed that over 300 verified mobile phone numbers, including two ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders besides scores of business persons and activists in India could have been targeted for hacking using the spyware.

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