In a review, Citizen Lab found that “Amnesty International’s main forensic methods for scanning devices to determine that they have been infected with NSO group spyware are valid”
POSTED JUL 19, 2021 23:48 IST
A multidisciplinary laboratory at the University of Toronto has verified the methods used by Amnesty International to report phones infected with the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware which is said to have been used in several countries, including India.
A statement from Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, says Amnesty International and the non-profit journalism organization Forbidden Stories have asked it to undertake “a review. peer independent of a sample of their forensic evidence and general forensic methodology ”.
In its review, Citizen Lab found that “Amnesty International’s principal forensic methods for analyzing devices to determine that they have been infected with NSO group spyware are valid.”
Citizen Lab has received iTunes backups of multiple devices and a separate methodology sheet. “No background or additional information about the devices or the investigation has been provided to us,” he noted.
He “independently validated” the methodology that “correctly identified infections with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware in four iTunes backups.”
Citizen Lab’s own research “independently came to a number of key findings identical to those of Amnesty International’s analysis”.