Multiple news outlets are exposing an Israeli hacking software found to infiltrate phones of activists, lawyers, politicians, and journalists worldwide without their knowledge. We hear from an expert to learn more about the Pegasus spyware and what people can do to protect their privacy.
Pegasus software can gain vast amounts of information from users and monitor them at will without ever coming to know about it. – The Star,2021
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Regular spyware most likely involves a Phishing strategy, which attaches a Malicious link that traps the person who clicked it. In contrast, Pegasus Spyware carries out a Zero-Click attack that installs itself without any user interaction required. In particular, Pegasus might be hacking your devices through a WhatsApp call even if you did not pick up the call.
Based on history, spyware will need human interaction to get itself installed on the phone. By the way, Pegasus is using unknown vulnerabilities to spot weaknesses or loopholes in your devices. Even the device’s manufacturer has no idea about it as the spyware will install itself by spotting the weaknesses.
Both Android and IOS would be vulnerable. We had heard spyware happens on Android more often as Android is much more open source compared to IOS. When it comes to Pegasus spyware in the IOS system, it is surprising that IOS was exploiting an unknown vulnerability that installed itself.
IOS, known as the better security system environment, now is just a matter of how fast Apple can identify these weaknesses and loopholes and get the security patch done globally to fix the loopholes
In our current times, spyware is becoming more and more versatile. They are adaptable to the point where it is hardly identified as malicious. More so, some spywares are specially designed to latch onto well-known programs and processors.
Can you possibly imagine if a third party is capable of controlling your phone? Be it access to contact lists or conversations from chat messengers, when a third party can control and gain access to your personal data; this could warrant potential user data leakage. On a separate note, monetization of personal data becomes a high potential risk.
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