SC panel urges citizens with Pegasus infected devices to contact it by January 7
New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed technical committee issued a public notice on Sunday asking citizens to come forward and contact the panel if they suspected their mobile devices were infected with the Pegasus malware.
The public notice asked those citizens to also clarify why they believed their device might have been infected with the Pegasus malware, and whether they would be able to allow the technical committee to examine the device.
The public notice, published in major dailies on Sunday, said “such a person who suspects their device is infected” should email the tech committee “before noon on January 7, 2022”.
“If the committee finds that your reasons for suspecting that the device is infected with malware require further investigation, then the committee will ask you to authorize the examination of your device,” the advisory reads.
The public notice “is issued to ask any Indian citizen who may have sensed that their mobile device / instrument may have been infected with the Pegasus malware.”
“The committee asks any Indian citizen who has reasonable grounds to suspect that their mobile has been compromised due to the specific use of NSO Group Israel’s Pegasus software to contact the technical committee appointed by…
“Supreme Court of India with the reasons why you believe your device may have been infected with the Pegasus malware and whether you would be able to allow the technical committee to examine your device,” he said. he declares.
The panel will give an acknowledgment for receiving the instrument and also create and give the user a digital phone image for their records.
The collection point would be in New Delhi. “The mobile instrument collected from you will be returned at the end of the tests / surveys,” he said.
Last year, an argument erupted over Israeli spyware Pegasus allegedly being used for targeted surveillance in India.
In October last year, the Supreme Court asked a panel of experts to determine whether the government had used Israeli private military-grade Pegasus spyware to monitor opposition leaders, activists, tycoons, judges and journalists.
The Supreme Court also observed that the state cannot obtain a “free pass” every time the specter of national security is raised and that its mere invocation cannot make the judiciary a “dumb spectator” and to be the scarecrow from which he shies away.