Israeli UFO Group spyware Pegasus has been used to monitor a number of journalists, human rights activists and lawyers around the world, according to an extensive report released over the weekend.
A survey of a total of 17 media organizations includes a list of more than 50,000 telephone numbers. It is known that the numbers belong to people “interested” in NSO’s customers, says the participant in the survey Guardian. The company itself has disputed the veracity of the statement.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense commented on the uprising on Monday, stating that software exports from the country have been made only for legitimate purposes, crime prevention and counter-terrorism activities, says Reuters.
The Guardian and other investigating media plans to bring out the people who have been tracked with the help of Pegasus in the near future. These also include business leaders, religious figures and, for example, family members of a state leader.
Amazon cloud service AWS closed the cloud infrastructure used by NSO Group and related user accounts on Monday, says Vice Motherboard. According to a study by human rights organization Amnesty International, NSO spyware sent information to Amazon CloudFrond.
As early as last year, Motherboard found out that NSO has used Amazon’s systems to deliver malware, but this year it has also started using CloudFront. The use of CloudFront has enabled faster and more reliable data movement, but has also helped keep operations more hidden from outsiders.
Pegasus is an intelligent spyware that has been used for many years. It installs on devices through various vulnerabilities and has also been installed on Apple iPhones running iOS 14.6, for example, which was still the latest version of iOS at the time of the study.
Bleeping Computer describes how security researchers have discovered Pegasus installed on the iPhone 12 Pro Max via a “zero-day and zero-click” vulnerability, meaning the installation of spyware didn’t even require user intervention. Spyware is constantly being developed and installed using various vulnerabilities, depending on whether you have used iOS 13.7 or iOS 14.4, for example.
Spyware can be used to export messages, pictures and emails from phones, record calls and record audio using a microphone.
Source: Tivi by www.tivi.fi.
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