The Indian Express reported WhatsApp confirmed a number of Indian users had been targeted by the Pegasus spyware [File:Dado Ruvic/Reuters]

India has demanded answers from WhatsApp over a snooping scandal after coming under fire from critics who accused authorities of using malware installed on the Facebook-owned messaging service to spy on citizens.

WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Israeli technology firm NSO Group, accusing it of using the hugely popular instant messaging platform to conduct cyberespionage on nearly 1,400 journalists, diplomats, dissidents and human right activists worldwide.

The Israeli firm has denied that journalists and activists were targeted and said that it only licenses its software to governments for “fighting crime and terror”.

Nearly two dozen activists, lawyers and journalists

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