No plan to ban Pegasus makers NSO, don’t know whether it has been blacklisted in the US: Centre to Parliament

"There is also no proposal to ban the group in India”, Ministry Replied

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New Delhi: On Friday, The Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrashekhar informed the Parliament that it has no information on whether the United States has blacklisted the NSO group. This is the same NSO that created ‘Pegasus spyware’ to tap phones of journalists, activists, and politicians.

He added, “There is also no proposal to ban the group in India” while responding to a question by Samajwadi Party MPs Vishambhar Prasad Nishad and Chaudhary Sukhram Singh Yadav.

The question asked whether NSO will be banned as it has been blacklisted in the US.

In response to the questions, Chandrashekhar said, “No such information is available with this Ministry. There is no proposal for banning any group named NSO group.”

In November, the US Department of Commerce had blacklisted the two Israeli spyware companies, adding them to the list of foreign establishments that engage in malicious cyber activities. The Centre had also moved to disallow a question in the Rajya Sabha seeking details on whether the government had entered into a contract with the Israeli cybersecurity firm.

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