The Impact of the Pegasus Spyware Controversy on the Right to Privacy in India

  • Angel Singh
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  • Angel Singh

    Student at Army Institute of Law, Mohali, India

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The current world is run by technology and network connections. And in such a world where everything is becoming digital through everyday developments, it is crucial for us to know that everything we store on our personal devices are secure and there is no threat to our privacy. We must know what cyber security is and how we can use it efficiently and effectively. Our systems, devices, important files or documents, contacts, data and other important virtual things are at a big risk if there is no security to protect it. The development of latest technology and weaponized software presents considerable cyber security challenges, with the Pegasus spyware, developed by NSO which is an Israeli group, serving as a prominent example. The Pegasus spyware is a malicious code which operates secretly, infiltrating the target systems without the knowledge of the user and extracts sensitive information. This research aims to investigate into the peculiar characteristics and consequences of the Pegasus spyware. It also explores its methods of generation, the extent of control granted, its potential for tracking and its ability to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities, without the user’s engagement. This study also highlights the Pegasus spyware as a cyber security threat to the right to privacy in India due to its powerful surveillance capabilities and its limited traceability. This research provides acumen into the working of the Pegasus spyware system and paves the way for developing constructive measures and strategies to safeguard the systems and user privacy.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 5, Page 1776 - 1784


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