Somebody asked me to write a thread on #Pegasus software & #PegasusProject. So, here's a brief thread & overview of everything you need to know about Pegasus software/malware & NSO Group. Collected from various sources.
The #PegasusProject is a huge investigation project initiated by an international media consortium, which aims to know the facts behind government sanctioned surveillance of their own people; including media activists.
Pegasus is a security malware/software which is created by the Israeli cyber security firm NSO Group. It says the software is a private initiative taken by them to better understand the criminal history or intention of some flagged 'persons' by the government.
Basically, it's a software which is used by secret intelligence agencies & vetted government authorities to spy on potential terrorists, criminals, & national security threats of all sorts.

NSO Group is obliged to govt. authorities to make it confidential under various laws.
Allegedly; On the list were 300 verified phone numbers in India, including those of ministers, opposition leaders, a sitting judge, more than 40 journalists, and several activists and business persons.
So what does #Pegasus actually do to your phones & laptops?

"A 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 is a future cyberpunk weapon; "Pegasus, developed by NSO Group, is perhaps the most powerful spyware ever created. It is designed to infiltrate smartphones — Android and iOS — and turn them into surveillance devices."
Think of a dystopia, full of cyborgs, in near future, and you get to know how much of a big asset your data is, but not now, 21st century still is a developing era in terms of cyber warfare, so.
#Pegasus can infect your phones & laptops with zero–click malware.

"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 spyware — from 2016 — infected smartphones using a technique called “spear-fishing”: text messages or emails containing a malicious link were sent to the target."
Now, the text message way has been transformed into a zero–click malware, where you get a call, and malware infects your phone. Easy.
Through this, thousands can be mass surveilled at once. A data weapon.
A time-line of #Pegasus

2016: Researchers at Canadian cybersecurity organisation The Citizen Lab first encountered Pegasus on a smartphone of human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor.
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.
October 2019: WhatsApp revealed that journalists and human rights activists in India had been targets of surveillance by operators using Pegasus.
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, activists and many others.
Addendum: there is no concrete evidence from the sources provided by international media consortium that Indians are being or have been spied upon by the government, but we can't rule out that possibility.
To not expose your data to #Pegasus, use Nokia 1100.


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