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Episode 592 November 4, 2019
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The WhatsApp Pegasus attack, its implications and the government’s response

Over the weekend, there were a number of developments in the WhatsApp Pegasus attack case, including WhatsApp saying that it had sent a letter informing authorities that 121 Indian individuals had been compromised by the NSO ‘spyware’. In this episode, we look at the case from the beginning, discuss the latest developments and their implications, and talk about the government’s response to the matter. First, Nandagopal Rajan, who writes on technology for the Indian Express, talks about how the spyware Pegasus managed the attack, what we know about NSO (the company that developed it) and why the attack is particularly worrisome. Next, Karishma Mehrotra discusses the government’s response to the matter and its parallel demands for transparency and lawful interception from WhatsApp. And last, Shruti Dhapola explains what this attack means for people and to what extent they can safeguard themselves against such spywares.


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The WhatsApp Pegasus attack, its implications and the government’s responseOver the weekend, there were a number of developments in the WhatsApp Pegasus attack case, including WhatsApp saying that it had sent a letter informing authorities that 121 Indian individuals had been compromised by the NSO ‘spyware’. In this episode, we look at the case from the beginning, discuss the latest developments and their implications, and talk about the government’s response to the matter. First, Nandagopal Rajan, who writes on technology for the Indian Express, talks about how the spyware Pegasus managed the attack, what we know about NSO (the company that developed it) and why the attack is particularly worrisome. Next, Karishma Mehrotra discusses the government’s response to the matter and its parallel demands for transparency and lawful interception from WhatsApp. And last, Shruti Dhapola explains what this attack means for people and to what extent they can safeguard themselves against such spywares. You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook and Twitter @expresspodcasts, or send us an email at podcasts@indianexpress.com. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.indianexpress.com/audio.
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