What is Pegasus? - Deepstash
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The Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli software company NSO Group, has targeted globally more than 50,000 phone numbers, including 300 in India, for surveillance 

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The Pegasus Project, an investigation by an international media consortium, has revealed that more than 50,000 phone numbers were targeted by spyware created by NSO Group, an Israeli software compa...

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What is it?

Spyware is any malicious software designed to enter your computer device, gather your data, and forward it to a third party without your consent.

Pegasus, developed by NSO Group, is perhaps t...

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Pricing

A single license, which can be used to infect several smartphones, can cost up to Rs 70 lakh. According to a 2016 price list, NSO Group charged its customers $650,000 to infiltrate 10 devices, plus...

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How does it work? 1

Pegasus exploits undiscovered vulnerabilities, or bugs, in Android and iOS. This means a phone could be infected even if it has the latest security patch installed.

A previous version of the ...

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By 2019, Pegasus could infiltrate a device with a missed call on WhatsApp and could even delete the record of this missed call, making it impossible for the user to know they had been targeted. In ...

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Pegasus also exploits bugs in iMessage, giving it backdoor access to millions of iPhones. The spyware can also be installed over a wireless transceiver (radio transmitter and receiver) located near...

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What can it do?

Once installed on a phone, Pegasus can intercept and steal more or less any information on it, including SMSes, contacts, call history, calendars, emails, and browsing histories. It can use your ph...

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2016:

Researchers at Canadian cybersecurity organization The Citizen Lab first encountered Pegasus on a smartphone of human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor.

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September 2018:

The Citizen Lab published a report that identified 45 countries in which Pegasus was being used. As with the latest revelations, the list included India.

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October 2019:

WhatsApp revealed that journalists and human rights activists in India had been targets of surveillance by operators using Pegasus.

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July 2021:

The Pegasus Project, an international investigative journalism effort, revealed that various governments used the software to spy on government officials, opposition politicians, journalists, activ...

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