Two youth die by suicide inside the computer room of Chikli police station, Navsari district

July 21, 2021 12:22 pm

In an incident that took place in Chikhli police station during the early morning hours of July 22, 2021, two 19-year-old youths Ravi Jadav and Sunil Pawar, both residents of Vaghai village of Dang district died by suicide inside the computer room of the Chikli police station. They had used computer wires to hang themselves, […]

Pegasus Project: 14 World Leaders in Leaked Database

July 22, 2021 4:25 pm

Telephone numbers linked to least 14 heads of states and governments, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are among the 50,000 numbers on a leaked database that includes some people whose phones were targeted for hacking by Pegasus spyware. NSO Group, which counts some 36 […]

Choksi not cooperating, remanded to two days of further ACB custody

July 21, 2021 7:10 pm

Nipun Choksi, a class -2 officer of Sarv Shikshan Abhiyan, flagship programme of Government of India who was caught in a bribery case by Gujarat ACB was produced in the court on July 21, 2021.while arguing for further remand of the accused, ACB lawyer said that the accused was not cooperating with agency. The court […]

Was any Israeli spyware tested in-Gujarat ?

September 13, 2021 5:59 pm

The buzz in Gujarat amid the spyware revelations is that the now-global story of pillars of democracy being snooped upon via Israeli software could have had  has its roots in Gujarat under Narendra Modi.  In this context, a blog post by veteran journalist Rajiv Shah headlined ‘When phone tapping rumours were afloat in Gujarat among BJP […]

Leaked Snoop List Suggests Surveillance May Have Played Role in Toppling of Karnataka Govt in 2019

July 22, 2021 4:20 pm

New Delhi: In the run-up to the toppling of the opposition-run state government in Karnataka in July 2019, the phone numbers of deputy chief minister G. Parameshwara and the personal secretaries of chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah were selected as possible targets for surveillance, according to The Wire’s review of records of numbers […]

Yet another acid attack in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

July 20, 2021 9:03 pm

On July 19, 2021, Imranhussain Shaikh of Danilimda threw acid on his 34-year-old widowed sister-in-law. Although the woman did not sustain severe injuries, she recalls how painful it could have been if the acid had fallen on her face. Based on the FIR, Danilimda police has detained accused Shaikh and have sent him for a […]

Opposition is under influence of anti-national forces: claims Rupani

July 20, 2021 6:44 pm

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani criticised the anti-national mentality of the Opposition party which had created a false controversy over the Pegasus issue. To this, he said “The Congress was just damaging India’s reputation by being a pawn of foreign powers. He said that raising the issue of Pegasus spyware even before the monsoon session […]

Seventh arrest in bogus billing, illegal ITC scam from Bhavnagar by Gujarat GST

July 20, 2021 5:19 pm

According to the modus operandi of bogus billing cases, financial incentives are given to the poor and needy by setting up firms in their name and getting them registered, these firms are then operated by bogus billing operators and they cause huge financial loss to the government. The State GST Department investigated nine firms at […]

ACB’s biggest trap – Rs 2 crore seized from Gandhinagar

July 20, 2021 5:22 pm

When it comes to making money or being financially well off, Gujaratis have always been at the forefront. This comes true today, but in a different manner when a complaint was lodged to the Anti-Corruption Bureau against Nipun Chandravan Choksi, a Class 2 officer of the R&B department for taking consecutive bribes. Other than the […]

BJP ruled states have dished out more sedition cases, RRAG calls for its repeal

July 20, 2021 4:18 pm

Releasing its report, “Sedition: India’s Silencer Gun”, the Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) stated that as per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states have dished out more sedition cases under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) since it started […]

NSO violated the privacy of thousands to pitch a contact-tracking system

July 20, 2021 1:46 pm

Flemings, a contact-tracking system by NSO, the same Israeli firm that developed Pegasus, is a contact-tracking system developed earlier this year aimed at helping the Governments track the spread of Covid-19. The system allowed governments to feed real location data of people to visualize and track the spread of the virus. The firm claimed that […]

UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet issues a statement on revelations by Pegasus

July 20, 2021 11:53 am

“Journalists and human rights defenders play an indispensable role in our societies, and when they are silenced, we all suffer.”, The UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet issued a statement after the revelations were brought forth by the Pegasus Project. Bachelet further stated “These reports also confirm the urgent need to better regulate the sale, […]

Suspend all business, discuss only Pegasus: Congress

July 20, 2021 12:33 pm

The Congress has served a notice for suspension of all business in the House today in Rajyasabha and instead focus on Pegasus. A similar notice could be issued soon for the Loksabha too, sources claimed.  According to sources, the notice has been served under rule number 267 seeking suspension of the House business in the […]

Revelations by nations targeted by Israeli spyware Pegasus

July 19, 2021 10:18 pm

Spyware Pegasus by the Israeli firm NSO Group was leased to governments around the world to hack into smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, opposition groups and dissidents. A list of 50,000 phone numbers was leaked to the human rights organization Amnesty International and the NGO Forbidden Stories.  The nearly 1000 individuals on the […]

I was working on an Ambani story when Pegasus hacked me

July 20, 2021 12:32 pm

Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta was working on an important story on the foreign assets of the Ambani family when Pegasus, the sinister spyware, hit his phone and kept tracking whatever he was doing. In fact, Thakurta was not aware that it was Pegasus or for that matter any other malware that would have struck […]

Dreaded don Ravi Pujari arrives in Gujarat

July 19, 2021 10:07 pm

Elusive for 15 years, dreaded don, Ravi Pujari arrives in Gujarat. Born in Karnataka’s Udupi Pujari was once a right-hand man of Chhota Rajan and was shifted to Andheri in Mumbai. Pujari got mired in local gang activities and shot into infamy after allegedly killing a dreaded gangster in the area named Bala Zalte in […]

What is a zero-click attack and how to avoid it?

July 20, 2021 6:17 pm

Since the information about Pegasus has come forward, everyone is scared about getting their phones hacked. A leaked list revealed that more than 1400 people including 2 serving ministers, 3 opposition leaders and over 40 journalists’ and one sitting judge were targeted by the Israeli spyware. The way the software works has evolved from its […]

Spyware was used against two women closest to Journo Khashoggi, before his murder

July 19, 2021 3:30 pm

A leaked database and analysis of infected phones show that the months before Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi and even at least a year after his gruesome murder, people associated with him including two women closest to him, were selected for potential surveillance by clients of the Israeli company NSO Group. The Pegasus Project, a […]

Mondays with Manjul, July 19

July 19, 2021 2:48 pm

(Credit: MANJUL)

Meet Sidharth Vardarajan: India Chief of Project Pegasus

July 19, 2021 11:28 am

Siddharth Varadarajan who has exposed the Israeli spyware Pegasus and how it was used for surveillance in India via WhatsApp is the founder and editor in chief of India’s prominent independent digital media portal, The Wire. Siddharth Varadarajan, a senior journalist known for his independent, original and courageous reporting has an undergraduate degree in economics at the […]