Pegasus is the hacking software – or spyware – that is developed, marketed and licensed to governments around the world by the Israeli company NSO Group. It has the capability to infect billions of phones running either iOS or Android operating systems.What is Pegasus hack and how did Apple fix it?
Apple issued a patch Monday to close the exploit discovered by researchers at Citizen Labwho said they found the hack in the iPhone records of a Saudi political activist and alerted the company to the problem. This is the first time since 2019 that the malicious code used in a Pegasus hack has been discovered by researchers.How many phones have been infected by Pegasus spyware?
Since publication, Amnesty’s Security Lab has confirmed infections or traces of Pegasus spyware on 15 additional phones, including a phone belonging to British human rights activist David Haigh. At least 10 of those phones were found on the Forbidden Stories list.What is NSO's Pegasus spyware?
Where neither spear-phishing nor zero-click attacks succeed, Pegasus can also be installed over a wireless transceiver located near a target, or, according to an NSO brochure, simply manually installed if an agent can steal the target’s phone. Once installed on a phone, Pegasus can harvest more or less any information or extract any file.