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Amnesty: didn't say leaked phone numbers were of NSO's Pegasus target list

Jul 22, 2021 15:57 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Human rights group Amnesty International has claimed that they never said that the leaked list of phone numbers that were found on a database in connection with the Pegasus project, was specifically a list of numbers targeted by the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.

According to cybersecurity journalist Kim Jetter, Amnesty International, in a new statement, has said the list of numbers was indicative of the interests of the company's clients.

The statement adds, investigative journalists and media outlets have made clear from the outset, in very clear language, that this is a list of numbers marked as numbers of interest to NSO customers, meaning they are the kind of people NSO clients might like to spy on.

The statement went on to say that the list contains the kind of people NSO's clients would ordinarily be interested in spying on, but the list isn't specifically a list of people who were being actually spied on.

Also watch: Pegasus makers say they will probe any credible proof of misuse of their software: reports

The list of numbers is at the heart of the Pegasus project, an investigation conducted by Paris-based organisation Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, that found that more than 50,000 phone numbers, including those of politicians, journalists and activists, who were believed to have been potential targets of surveillance.

Also watch: Ruckus in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha over Pegasus row, both houses adjourned

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