Pegasus spyware was developed in 2016 by the Israeli cyber arms firm NSO Group that can be covertly installed on mobile phones running most versions of iOS and Android. This spyware has been a threat as it has been targeting influencers, politicians, actors, and many more reputed personalities grabbing their private information. As per the sources, it’s revealed that this spyware can exploit all recent iOS versions up to iOS 14.6.
What can the Pegasus spyware do?
According to Kaspersky, Pegasus spyware is very harmful as it can easily grab our sensitive information, be able to read SMS messages and emails, listen to any calls they want, take screenshots, record keystrokes, and access contacts, browser history, and a lot more.
It’s really difficult to believe that Pegasus spyware has the tendency to monitor the phone’s camera as well as a microphone. Officials explain that they can grab almost every piece of information on your phone.
How does it hack our phones?
As per the report of The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) reports, this spyware was initially able to target much easier before because the public used to click the links. But now the public seems to be more aware. So, in that case, they started a new technique.
They themself created a solution to attack their target easily by bringing Zero-click exploits.
A zero-click exploit helps spyware like Pegasus gain control over a device without human interaction or human error. At that point in time, all the awareness regarding saving yourself from phishing attacks and cyber threats will be useless because zero-click exploit targets the system itself.
Through zero-click exploit, Pegasus spyware relies on bugs in popular apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and FaceTime, which all receive and sort data, sometimes from unknown sources. Once a vulnerability is found, Pegasus can infiltrate a device using the protocol of the app. Here, the victim or the user will not even have a single idea for what’s happening with them as they will directly attack the system without giving any link, even a message, or answer a call.
Apart from the zero-click exploits, they also use Network injections which will have quick access to the targeted device even without clicking the malicious links. It will be directed towards the unprotected sites and when you are in, you are the victim.
How to detect if the phone has pegasus spyware?
Researchers have developed a tool called Mobile verification Toolkit (MVT) which will be letting you if your device is protected or are you already a victim. This tool works for both Andriod and Ios but it requires some command line knowledge to work right now.