Pegasus is a spyware that can be installed in device running on iOs, an operating system in apple iphones. It was developed by Israeli cyberarms firms, NSO groups.
Breaking News about Pegasus Spyware
Whatsapp community has announced that the Israeli Cyberarms firms, NSO groups was using a spyware named Pegasus to spy on government officials, journalists, activists, lawyers of Israel and other countries like India. The confirmation of using the spyware by Israel NSO group came earlier on this week after whatsapp filed a legal petition against the NSO group. The spying activities were suspected by the whatsapp group earlier in this year. Whatsapp had warned some Indian personalities whom they think that they can be targeted by the illegal snooping spyware program.
Currently, no data has been publicized to which can tell how many Indian personalities has been targeted till now. However, a whatsapp spokesperson indicated that several Indian personalities may be the victims of the attack that happened in the month of May this year.
Whatsapp in their blog post wrote that they have personally messaged to around 1,400 users across the globe that they think can be targeted by the cyber attack happened this year to inform them about the actual scenarios.
But this is really a suspicion that had surrounded the whatsapp community about how can a spying be possible after the whatsapp has offered the high end-to-end encryption.
It is in news that the Pegasus was spying the whatsapp accounts from three years and it is not like ordinary spyware.
How Pegasus Works
The Pegasus spyware works after you open a manipulated link. If you click on the link, the spyware will get automatically installed in your device. Once, it is installed on you device, it starts to contact control servers and the servers allows the spyware to relay on the commands which can gather any informational data from the affected device. The spyware once installed on your device have the potential to steal your confidential details like passwords, test messages, contacts, calendar info and voice calls made by the messaging apps like whatsapp.
Moreover, the spyware can access your phone’s camera, microphone and the GPS to track your live physical location. It is three since three years and it is believed that it was used to target Indians as well.
The spyware was used to target the vulnerability in Whatsapp VoIP stack that is used to make video and audio calls.
By just dialing someone’s whatsapp number, the spyware will get access to control that device. Even if you don’t pick the call, the spyware will be able to get control of your sensitive information.
This indicates that, even after providing the high end to end encryption to all whatsapp users, the whatsapp overlooked the security concerns in its whatsapp calling feature.
Whatsapp gets the assistance from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, where researchers announced that it is the Pegasus spyware, the flaunted spyware of the NSO groups and is known in the world by different names like Q Suite and Trident.
Pegasus can’t only be used to track the android but it can be used to track iOs as well.
Earlier, it was used in form of link. The targeted user was asked to click on the link and when it was clicked, the spyware gets the control of the user’s device.
Ancient Meaning of “Pegasus”
Pegasus is a mythical well recognized figure in Greek mythology. It is name of a mythical winged divine horse. Usually, it is depicted as a pure white creature. It is the infant by the Olympian god Poseidon and got foaled by the gorgon medusa while she was on her death bed. The Greek hero, Perseus decapitated her.
The spyware is designed on this name which resembles the speed and features like the ancient figure Pegasus.