Thinking of spyware, many think it’s something you only see in Hollywood action movies, when the truth is that the use of this type of tool is more common than we don’t believe it.
One of them, with a mythological name, is extremely effective when it enters the phone’s software to access its content.
is about Pegasus, spyware created by the Israeli company NSO Group Technologies, whose customers are security agencies and governments who take advantage of this type of tool to access any device, either to obtain certain information or to monitor the activity carried out by the user in the applications.
It should be mentioned that Pegasus constitutes a proprietary software. Therefore, companies or governments interested in its use have to pay approximately half a million dollars for your setup.
Additionally, allow access to a number of 10 users on an iOS or Android system It may have a cost of 650 thousand dollars.
Considering its price, you can guess how important it is for the person or company renting this software to access the information of the target device.
However, despite the development company’s intention to help in the fight against crime and terrorism, unfortunately, its invention is being used maliciously by criminal organizations in some countries, which makes this software extremely dangerous.
To start working, the only thing Pegasus needs is for the user of this software to do a call to the mobile chosen as target; without text messages, fraudulent links or sending phishing emails.
This is how Pegasus penetrates the mobile system, even if the person does not answer the call. Once inside, this software can access emails and messages, as well as real-time device location information, and can also take advantage of the camera to take photos or videos without the mobile operator noticing.
Additionally, Pegasus can record conversations made on or around the device. However, there is a way to detect the presence of this spyware through a tool called Mobile Verification Toolkit or MVTwhich is available on GitHub.
you should only install it on PC (Linux, macOS), connect the mobile and run the full scan of your operating system. After a few minutes, MVT will generate the results which will allow you to check whether your phone is infected with Pegasus or not.