The Indian government bought Israeli spyware Pegasus in 2017 as part of a $2-billion package for weapons including a missile system, the New York Times reports.
The year-long investigation revealed the FBI had bought and tested the spyware for years with plans to use it for domestic surveillance.
That’s until the agency decided last year not to deploy the spyware.
The report details how Pegasus was used by Mexico to target journalists and dissidents.
And how Saudi Arabia used it against women’s rights activists and associates of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed by Saudi operatives.
Under a set of new deals licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Pegasus was provided to Poland, Hungary, India, and other countries, the report said.
A worldwide coalition of media groups first revealed in July 2021 that Pegasus had been used by several governments to spy on opponents, journalists, activists, and others.