Digital Evidence in the Shadow of Pegasus

In the recent Arjun Khotkar ruling, the apex court laid down the law relating to section 65B of the Evidence Act, 1872. However, after the Pegasus controversy, coupled with other episodes that reveal how easy it is to invade the electronic devices of any individual, more elaborate directions are needed.

Pegasus, the spyware developed by the Israeli cyber arms firm NSO Group, can easily infect electronic devices such as laptops and mobile phones. It can then read messages, track the location, access the device microphone and camera, etc of an unsuspecting user. It can avoid detection by antivirus and get deactivated remotely.

Considering how sophisticated Pegasus is, the only probable way to deal with this virus is to get rid of the phone. The gravity of the matter is such that after a hacking episode, WhatsApp admitted the data of its users was compromised and filed a suit in

— source theleaflet.in | Abhay Nevagi | 03 Aug 2021

Nullius in verba


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