Pegasus spyware: The panic is on the rise

The whole world has become vocal against Pegasus spyware. This time the French government has also started an investigation against this malware.

Mediapart recently said in a statement that Pegasus had been intercepted on the phones of various journalists. However, Morocco’s name has come to the fore in connection with the scandal. But French government did not say anything clearly about Morocco.

What is Pegasus Spyware?

Pegasus is a type of malware that is used to spy on a person’s phone. The developer of this spyware is the Israeli company NSO.

The Pegasus malware, if located on someone’s phone, turns it into a full-time spy from a phone. Therefore it is able to steal data.

However, at present this malware is being used against human rights activists including heads of state, activists and journalists of different countries. The fear is that this spyware is being able to be installed on the phone without clicking on any link.

Read more: India used Pegasus spyware for Imran Khan

Pegasus scandal

Pegasus has reportedly sold about 50 states since the invention of the malware. Sixteen newspapers, including the British daily Guardian, have issued a warning.

The BBC said that about 50,000 mobile phones were still victims of Pegasus spyware. However, the media added that the number was not certain and could not be confirmed.

However, a large part of those against whom the malware is being used are journalists and human rights activists. Phone of leaders and activists are also being issued using the software.

Scientists, including Indian leaders and activists, are at the forefront of spyware. In addition, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, etc. have already fallen prey to Pegasus.

What kind of phone is infected with Pegasus?

The general public has been alarmed by the Pegasus panic. Although at present only major leaders, scientists or news workers have been affected, there is no way for the general public to be convinced.

However, a study has found that iOS mobiles are more susceptible to this spyware than Android mobiles. One of the reasons for this is that the logs of Android mobiles do not last long. On the other hand, iPhones store logs for a long time.

How to diagnose Pegasus Spyware?

Amnesty International has developed a toolkit to diagnose pegasus when the world is terrified of it. In fact, it is easy to guess whether this malware exists on your phone.

The name of this toolkit is Mobile Verification Toolkit or MVT. Which is able to fully forensic one’s mobile.

However, the company says that using this tool will not only be able to diagnose Pegasus. Rather, it will be able to identify various malware applications located on your mobile.

However, to ensure the complete security and privacy of the individual, the toolkit can never be used without the permission of the individual. If anyone uses the toolkit without the permission of the individual, it will violate the laws of Amnesty International.

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