Leading journalist Keerthi Warnakulasuriya has written that a group of NGOs and individuals who had sent false information and complaints to U.N. Human Rights Council against Sri Lanka’s security forces are in a dilemma as they are facing the risk of their identity being revealed due to the “Pegasus Software.”
The report on the “Divaina” newspaper says these NGOs and individuals have sent these information through smart phones and iPhone.
This is the first time, it came on the mainstream media that the government is using “Pegasus Software” in Sri Lanka. It is alleged in the news report that this software is being used to monitor the information shared by identified human rights activists.
The report also said there are about 80 people who supply information to the U.N. Human Rights Commissioner on weekly basis.
Pegasus is spyware developed by the Israeli cyberarms firm NSO Group that can be covertly installed on mobile phones running most versions of iOS and Android. The 2021 Project Pegasus revelations suggest that current Pegasus software is able to exploit all recent iOS versions up to iOS 14.6.
According to the Washington Post and other prominent media sources, Pegasus not only enables the keystroke monitoring of all communications from a phone (texts, emails, web searches) but it also enables phone call and location tracking, while also permitting NSO Group to hijack both the mobile phone’s microphone and camera, thus turning it into a constant surveillance device.
Warnakulasuriya has also written that CID’s Nishantha Silva too has sent information through his smart phone.