Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's phone hacked via WhatsApp spyware: Congress
New Delhi : The WhatsApp snooping row is getting intensified politically with leaders making claims of their phones getting hacked during that time.
On Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made the similar claim. The other leader who came forward, the Congress said, was Praful Patel, a former Union minister from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party.
"When WhatsApp sent messages to all those whose phones were hacked, one such message was also received by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra," senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told reporters this afternoon.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's team clarified that they did not take the message seriously then and deleted it. Only when Mr Surjewala forwarded her the message from WhatsApp that was received by targeted users, she remembered she did receive one such message, sources said.
Last week, Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, alleged that Israeli cybersecurity company NSO used WhatsApp servers to spread spyware Pegasus.
Nearly, 121 Indian users were targeted in the action.
Claiming the BJP government has been "exposed", the Congress levelled a series of questions today, demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi supply the answers. Dubbing BJP the "Bharatiya Jasoos Party", Mr Surjewala said, the government was silent on the issue "despite knowing about it".