New WhatsApp Spyware; Know What Is Pegasus, How It works  - Viral Bake

Pegasus is again in the news. Lastly, we heard of it in the year 2019, when WhatsApp users including activists and journalists receiving messages from WhatsApp that Pegasus spyware compromised their phone. Apparently, you can say that it was never out of the news. It is being used by various governments all over the world. 

Source: The Print

On Sunday, several well-known websites, like Washington Post, and Guardian, published details of global surveillance operations using Pegasus. This surveillance generally targets journalists, activists, and other key public figures. 

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However, the reports say that more than 10 governments, including India, are concerned about the surveillance of people using the Israeli spyware. 

What is Pegasus?

Pegasus is a type of spyware developed by NSO Group. The NSO Group is an Israeli company that specialized in cyber weapons. It first came to be known in the year 2016, when an Arab activist received suspicious messages. 

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However, it was also said that this spyware was targeting iPhone users. A year later, security researchers said that the spyware equally capable of infecting Android phones. Again in 2019, Facebook lodged a case against NSO Group for creating Pegasus. Also, WhatsApp told that the Pegasus affected Indian users about it through a message.


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