Researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said they had high confidence that the world's most infamous hacker-for-hire firm, Israel's NSO Group, was behind that attack.
The independent experts, who focus on a number of rights issues under mandates from the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council, are in “direct communication” with NSO and the Israeli government.
Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on Monday, said, "Ministry of Defence has not had any transaction with NSO Group Technologies."
Malik told reporters here that the Defence Ministry has said there was no transaction with the NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance software company, regarding the Pegasus spyware.
NSO Group has been under increasing attack following allegations that its Pegasus software was used for surveillance of phones of people in several countries, including India.
Aljabri now claims that the Saudis and MBS had sent an assassination squad to Canada to try to kill him, and that members of the squad were part of the team that murdered Khashoggi.
Novalpina Capital has been saddled with both an internal dispute among its founding partners and an explosive report showing NSO Group's spyware has been widely misused around the globe.
Representatives of several bodies visited the office of NSO to assess the allegations raised in regards to the company on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Israel's Ministry of Defence said.
For its part, NSO said defence ministry officials probing the complaints had ‘visited’ and not ‘raided’ its premises.
"We can specifically come out and say for sure that the President of France, Macron, was not a target," Chaim Gelfand, Chief Compliance Officer at NSO Group, told Israeli television network i24news.
Use of spying tech against civil society, regime critics, journalists always concerning: US on Pegasus row
The alleged use of the Pegasus software to spy on politicians, journalists, human rights defenders and others in many countries, including India, has triggered concerns over issues relating to privacy
The potential targets for surveillance were selected between 2017 and mid-2019 by an yet unidentified government agency that is also believed to be a client of the Israeli company NSO Group.
The Centre is learnt to be planning a privilege motion Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Shantanu Sen. The Opposition wants a discussion with the Modi government.
Moroccan King Mohammed VI's phone and those of other royals are also on the list of numbers identified as potential Pegasus targets by Moroccan intelligence services.
NSO Group is facing international criticism, after reporters obtained a list of alleged potential targets for spyware, including activists, politicians and journalists.NSO Group is facing internationa