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 What Is Pegasus Spyware and Why Should You Be Concerned?

Pegasus spyware has been making headlines all over the world in recent weeks. With a single malicious text message or phone call, this seemingly invincible spyware can infect even your fully updated Smartphone.

However, once the initial panic subsided, people were able to see Pegasus for what it truly was: spyware that was being used to invade people's privacy and leak their private information. Here's everything you need to know before you rush out to see if your phone has been infected with a malware infection.

What Is Pegasus Spyware?

Pegasus, in contrast to previous spyware that took over the internet, was not created by unknown hackers hiding on the dark web. Instead, Pegasus was created by a group of security researchers.

It is hacking and spying software developed by the Israeli surveillance company, NSO Group Technologies, which is only available for purchase and use by governments around the world.

Pegasus spyware isn't a new concept. As of 2016, it had infected iOS and Android devices alike through spear-phishing attacks, a type of social engineering in which the hacker tricks you into clicking on a malicious link in an SMS or email that contains a malicious link.

Five years have passed, and the NSO's Pegasus is now more powerful than ever. The Pegasus spyware is no longer reliant on users falling for its con, but instead employs a zero-click attack, which is a type of cyberattack that does not require the user or device to interact with the spyware before it can infiltrate its target's phone.

Pegasus can infect your device in a variety of ways, one of which is through a missed call. Something you can't prepare for or protect yourself from in advance.

As a result, not only is it easier for Pegasus to infect mobile devices, but users may not even realize they have been infected if they have exercised caution while browsing the web.

What Is the Function of Pegasus Spyware?

Once Pegasus has infected your phone, it has complete control over your data and the features of your device. In other words, your phone transforms into a limitless tracking and surveillance device that operates around the clock.

Pegasus has the ability to collect all of the data on your phone, including messages, voicemails, documents, videos, images, and even app data. Consequently, this includes mining your apps for data as well as stealing your passwords in order to gain access to other online accounts and devices that are not your own.

It can also activate the camera or microphone on your device, which will allow it to record you in real time.

Is It Necessary to Be Concerned About Pegasus Spyware?

According to NSO Group Technologies' statements so far, they are innocent and in no way connected to the hacking and violation of privacy that is taking place around the world, as their company is merely the manufacturer, not the attacker.

Even though they claim that the spyware was only intended for use against criminals and terrorists, recent findings indicate that this was not the case.

The results of the investigation revealed a target list containing more than 50,000 Smartphone numbers. The figures are completely anonymous and unattributed. After further investigation, it was discovered that the numbers belonged to hundreds of politicians and government officials, nearly 200 journalists, and 85 human rights activists from over 50 countries around the world, according to the report.

Because Pegasus is private spyware, it is extremely unlikely that someone will be able to obtain a copy of it through a dark web search. As reported by the New York Times, the NSO Group Technologies charges clients several hundred thousand dollars for access to the Pegasus system—not to mention the additional fees charged for actually using the system, which includes infiltrating other people's Smartphone.

While 50,000 is a significant number, if you are not a journalist, an activist, or a government employee who has access to sensitive information and documents, the chances are that your phone number is not included on the list of those who are.

It's unlikely that anyone will pay you half a million dollars to spy on them. That is, if they are granted permission by the NSO in the first place.

Keep up with the latest developments

It's critical to stay on top of the latest news, whether it's an update to your smartphone or global cybersecurity developments. While NSO claims that Pegasus can infect smartphones even if they are up to date, secure, and encrypted, other spyware on the market does not claim to be capable of doing so.

Regarding the news, Pegasus is a privately owned property that is only accessible to governments and the military. However, once the zero-click attack technology has made its way into the world, it will remain there. A matter of time before Pegasus-like spyware infiltrates the internet and begins targeting ordinary people.

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