Pegasus spyware affects both Android and iOS devices.
Pegasus spyware affects both Android and iOS devices.(Photo: The Quint)
  • 1. What is Pegasus Spyware?
  • 2. How Do You Know If You Have Been Affected?
  • 3. Does it Affect Other Apps?
  • 4. What to Do If Your Phone Is Affected by Pegasus?
Here’s How You Can Tell If Your Phone Has Pegasus Israeli Spyware

WhatsApp might tout itself as a secure platform, but even that hasn’t helped its users from being attacked by the Pegasus spyware said to have been developed by an Israeli cyber technology firm.

A report in The Indian Express says the attack seems to have been targeted towards journalists, lawyers, Dalit activists, and at least two dozen academics. Chances are there could be more.

Pegasus is believed to allow anyone access to your phone’s files, messages, images. Basically, everything!

So, is there a way to know whether you have been affected by Pegasus? What happens if you have been compromised? We explain.

  • 1. What is Pegasus Spyware?

    Developed by NSO Group Technologies, an Israeli technology cybersecurity firm, Pegasus is a program that allows the controller (a person who has injected the spyware) access to the infected smartphone’s microphone, camera and one can even gain access to messages, emails, and collect location data too.

    As per a Kaspersky report, Pegasus even allows you to listen to encrypted audio streams and read encrypted messages. Basically, the hacker has access to the entire phone.

    As per the NSO Group, the program has been sold only to vetted government agencies and is intended to fight against terrorism and crime.

    The Kaspersky report also mentions that Pegasus was discovered in 2017 thanks to Ahmed Mansoor, a UAE human rights activist, who happened to be one of its targets.

    He received several SMSs which he believed to contain malicious links and then took his phone to cybersecurity experts from Citizen Lab who, with the help of another cybersecurity firm Lookout, found it to be spyware (later dubbed Pegasus).

    However, the origin of the spyware can be traced back to 2016. It affects both Android and iOS devices.

    Also Read : WhatsApp Pegasus Snooping: Everything You Need to Know

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