Pegasus Spyware: The World’s Scariest Cyberweapon You’ve Never Heard Of

What is Pegasus Spyware?

Pegasus Spyware, developed by a company based out of Israel known as the NSO Group, is explicitly made for hacking into computers or mobile phones. This cyber intelligence software was designed for one purpose: to access a person’s device without their knowledge or consent.

Stealthy Attacks Leaked

Around four or five years ago, a human rights activist from the UAE received a phishing scam’s text message. This individual sent these messages to the national security agency. It found that the malware had taken over his phone when he opened the message, called Pegasus Spyware. Shortly after, a public leak of a top-secret database containing over 50,000 phone numbers of different government officials worldwide that Pegasus Spyware was monitoring.

How Pegasus Spyware Works

Pegasus Spyware works fairly standardly using phishing scams through text messages or emails. Below is a typical scenario of how Pegasus Spyware could enter a device and secretly retrieve sensitive information.

Step 1: The Target

In the beginning, the targeted person will receive a link to their device that encourages or compels them to open the message which activates the spyware. Sometimes this software is activated through a process called “zero-click” hacks, meaning it can show up on the device without the victim knowing or having to open a message and click a link.

Step 2: Infect the Device

The second part is when the spyware begins to capture sensitive information and then copy the phone’s essential functions. Leaked NSO marketing materials give detailed instructions on how the camera and microphone can be manipulated and track all incoming and outgoing messages.

Step 3: Monitor Target

Finally, this embedded spyware will continue to gather all deemed sensitive information and use it to make sense of the victim’s life and map out personal details. This spyware sticks around watching its victim and takes any helpful information, like a parasite living off its unaware host.

Pegasus Spyware ‘Fun’ Facts

Pegasus Spyware attacks are so seamless and stealthy that those targeted typically don’t even know they’ve fallen victim. A common tactic by Pegasus is to send maybe a missed call through WhatsApp, and from there, your device is then a victim. Some other attack points are iMessage on iPhones; it turns out no one is safe.

Pegasus Spyware ‘Fun’ Facts

Some fun facts about Pegasus Spyware and its creator company NSO Group are that Amazon used its expertise to develop AWS’s cloud computing network. Recently, Amazon has deactivated all software developed by the NSO Group due to recent investigations around the company.



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