Activist Rona Wilson’s smartphone was infiltrated using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware a year before her arrest in the Elgar Parishad case, according to a new forensic analysis.
Wilson, a prisoner rights activist and scholar, was the victim of “surveillance and handing over of incriminating documents” for nearly a year before his arrest in June 2018, according to the analysis.
Digital forensics firm Arsenal Consulting said Wilson’s Apple phone was not only selected for surveillance by a client of the Israeli group NSO, but was also successfully compromised on several occasions.
Analysis showed two backups of Wilson’s iPhone 6s had digital traces showing infection with the Pegasus monitoring tool, which its developer, Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO Group, said had not been authorized. only to government agencies.
The Indian government has neither confirmed nor denied that it is a customer of the NSO Group.
V Suresh, national secretary general of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), said the new findings showed compelling evidence in the case.
“Now there is compelling evidence. We are exploring all legal possibilities to validate these results based on the new type of electronic evidence, ”Suresh told PTI.
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