Several countries, including India, have used spyware made by an Israeli company to hack phones belonging to journalists and government officials. According to 17 media outlets, the India list includes at least one number that was once used by PM Imran. The Washington Post, the Guardian, Le Monde, as well as other media outlets investigated the extent of Pegasus’ use.
Moreover, there were more than 1,000 Indian numbers on the list, while hundreds were from Pakistan. India denied using the spyware to spy on its citizens in 2019. The allegation came after WhatsApp filed suit against NSO, the Israeli producer of the spyware. Apparently, WhatsApp was used to conduct cyber espionage, according to the lawsuit.