Reports full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories, says NSO Group

Reports full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories, says NSO Group

NSO Group, a personal Israeli cybersecurity firm that sells the spyware Pegasus, has dismissed media reports that alleged that phones of prominent personalities, including journalists, politicians and experts in India were targeted for surveillance, terming them “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories”.

“The report by Forbidden Stories is filled with wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories that raise serious doubts about the reliability and interests of the sources. It looks like the ‘unidentified sources’ have supplied information that has no factual basis and are faraway from reality”, the NSO Group said during a statement.

“We firmly deny the false allegations made in their report. Their sources have supplied them with information which has no factual basis, as evident by the shortage of supporting documentation for several of their claims. In fact, these allegations are so outrageous. that NSO is considering a defamation lawsuit”.

An investigation by a consortium of media houses has alleged that phone hacking software Pegasus was wont to target potentially thousands of individuals round the world, including 38 Indian journalists, and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, political strategist Prashant Kishor and former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa.

In its statement, the NSO Group also said that it “has a decent reason to believe the claims that are made by the unnamed sources to Forbidden Stories, are supported misleading interpretation of knowledge from accessible and overt basic information”.

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