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Pegasus Spyware in Jammu Kashmir : A Made in Israel Program That You Should Know About

Pegasus Spyware In Jammu Kashmir | Know The Israeli Made Malicious Program

 

Pegasus Spyware in Jammu Kashmir and elsewhere is doing rounds lately. The spyware was in the year 2019 when it was found to compromise with  personal data of scores of WhatsApp users

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Some of the journalists who have been the alleged victims of Spyware include, Ritika Chopra (who covers education and the Election Commission) and Muzammil Jaleel (who writes on Kashmir) of the Indian Express, Sandeep Unnithan (who covers defence and the Indian military) of India Today, Manoj Gupta (editor investigations and security affairs) at TV18, and Vijaita Singh, who covers the home ministry at The Hindu.

What is Pegasus Spyware? How Does it Use WhatsApp to Hack a Device?

 

So, the basic question that remains is – what is Pegasus, how does it work and should you be worried about your data being leaked?

What is Pegasus?

Pesagus is a highly advanced malicious software that was developed by  Israeli-based cyber intelligence firm NSO Group to hack computers and smartphones . The main aim of the spyware is to gather data regarding an individual or an organization and serve it to a third party.

However, NSO Group had claimed that their sole motive wasn’t malicious but to help government agencies detect and prevent terrorism and crime’.

Pegasus spyware first came to light in 2016, when an Arab activist received a suspicious message on his iPhone. Subsequently, Apple had released a software update to patch up the loophole used by Pegasus to hack phones. A year later, similar leaks were found in Android phones.

Who should be worried about Pegasus?

Well for an average user, there’s no reason to worry but there’s no fool proof chance that you can’t be hacked . In reality, Pegasus is the ultimate surveillance tool and if a government wants to spy on someone, it is the go-to spyware to be used.  Even encrypted chats on WhatsApp are accessible to Pegasus.

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