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Tech & Science Indian Government Asserts Widespread Digital Surveillance Powers After WhatsApp Hack

05:48  20 november  2019
05:48  20 november  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

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The Indian government has asserted sweeping powers to “intercept, monitor, or decrypt” any information that is “generated, transmitted, received, or stored” on any computer network in the country, per TechCrunch, and for purposes as vague as national security or safeguarding “public order.”

TechCrunch reported that Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy claimed the powers in response to written questions from Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament. Reddy said that local law empowers federal and state authorities to “intercept, monitor or decrypt or cause to be intercepted or monitored or decrypted any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource in the interest of the sovereignty or integrity of India, the security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above or for investigation of any offence.”

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The Indian Army has put out a video warning Indians about Chinese hackers extracting personal information using the social media application. Cybersecurity experts say hacking WhatsApp groups is no "rocket science."

The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber intelligence company, used infected phone calls to take over the functions of operating systems.

The answer was related to a question about whether the Indian government has procured the support of NSO Group, a shady Israeli cyberintelligence company that Facebook is suing over claims it was behind a massive hack of subsidiary WhatsApp to distribute the phone-monitoring Pegasus malware. Local reports have indicated that NSO malware may have been involved in the tracking of Indian lawyers, tribal rights activists, and other critics, while NSO spyware has also been linked to the murder of Saudi Arabian dissident-in-exile Jamal Khashoggi and other human rights abuses.

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Mass surveillance is the intricate surveillance of an entire or a substantial fraction of a population in order to monitor that group of citizens.

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Reddy wrote in his answer that such snooping powers are available only to 10 agencies, including intelligence, narcotics, tax, and law enforcement divisions. He added that this process followed “due process of law, and [is] subject to safeguards as provided in the rules,” as well as requires the signoff of committees run by the Union Home Secretary (for federal agencies) or Home Secretary of the State (for state authorities).

As TechCrunch noted, a recent report by New Delhi’s Software Law and Freedom Centre found that at least 100,000 telephone interception orders were issued by the central government alone annually. The centre found that the “truly staggering scale” of the monitoring involves an “opaque surveillance regime that is run solely by the Executive arm of the Government” with no independent oversight,” while Indian authorities are moving quickly to rapidly expand monitoring infrastructure.

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After all, why bother cracking WhatsApp 's strong end-to-end encryption when you can overflow a buffer and hack the code itself? “This attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone

Remote WhatsApp hacking without accessing a target phone. You can save an archive of user files, containing the following: incoming and outgoing For successful WhatsApp hack you only need a reliable Internet connection and a fresh version of any browser in widespread use (Google Chrome

Per Bloomberg, Facebook is currently locked in a legal battle with the Indian government over whether authorities there can compel messaging service providers like WhatsApp or social platforms “to trace and reveal the identity of the originator of a message.” Additionally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced he would seek regulatory action against social platforms his government claims are causing “unimaginable disruption” to democracy throughout the country, though Indian essayist Pankaj Mishra wrote in a recent editorial that Modi has made little secret that he is an “unreconstructed ethnic-religious supremacist” who has capitalised on “continuous explosions of violence in both virtual and real worlds.”

Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking private accounts .
Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking private accountsMessaging service WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, had accused NSO in its own legal action of helping government spies to break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.

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