WHAT IS PEGASUS – SPYWARE?
Pegasus is a very dangerous spyware for mobile phones, that can be sent through the air and easily secretly installed on iOS & Android operating systems. This spyware has developed by the Israel cyber arms firm NSO Group. The Pegasus can detect all data in your mobile phone like call history, text messages, passwords, locations etc. And capable to switch your camera & microphone. This spyware is named after the mythical winged horse Pegasus. it was discovered in August 2016.
The main aim/use of this project is to the supervision of Journalists, activists, and Politicians. The spyware can be installed on devices running certain versions of iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, as well as some Android devices. Rather than being a specific exploit, Pegasus is a suite of exploits that uses many vulnerabilities in the system. Infection vectors include clicking links, the Photos app, the Apple Music app, and iMessage. Some of the exploits Pegasus uses are zero-click—that is, they can run without any interaction from the victim. Once installed, Pegasus has been reported to be able to run arbitrary code, extract contacts, call logs, messages, photos, web browsing history, settings, as well as gather information from apps including but not limited to social media apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Gmail, Instagram, etc.
The NSO Group has described that the role of its products on its website as helping “government intelligence and law-enforcement agencies use technology to meet the challenges of encryption” during terrorism and criminal investigations.
The Washington Post says the list doesn’t contain information about who added numbers to it, or whether people linked to the numbers were under surveillance. Was the list curated by a shadowy government agency trying to get on the good side of other governments? Was it maintained by a Slack group of Pegasus users? Was it simply a list of numbers? It’s an essential question that remains frustratingly unclear.
Still, as The Washington Post points out, the fact that the iPhone could be so thoroughly compromised by a reportedly invisible message is unfortunate for a company that prides itself on security and privacy, one that put up “what happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone” billboards. Security researchers who spoke to the Post mainly lay the blame on iMessage and its preview software — despite the protections that Apple has reportedly implemented recently to try to secure iMessage.