Built and marketed by Isreali company NSO, Pegasus is a spyware that infects devices and spies on the victim by transferring data to a master server in an unauthorised manner. The company claims to sell it only to ''vetted foreign governments'' worldwide.
HOW DOES IT ATTACK?
Pegasus can be installed on a phone through vulnerabilities in common apps, or by tricking a target into clicking a malicious link.
It can also attack by zero click, the person doesn't have to respond to the notification to get hacked. The one way notification automatically hacks.
WHAT THREAT DOES IT CAUSE?
Once installed, Pegasus can harvest data including SMS, Whatsapp chats, call logs, GPS data, contact lists and transmit it back to the the attacker. It can also activate camera, microphone, call recording to provide surveillance to the client.
WHO ARE THE TARGETS?
According to The Wire, the leaked global database had 50,000 telephone numbers of which the Indian list of 300 verified numbers includes those of ministers, opposition leaders, journalists, the legal community, businessmen, right activists, etc
WHY IS IT HARD TO DETECT?
The spyware reportedly resides in the infected device's volatile memory or RAM instead of the physical storage, making detection difficult.
The Malware usually leaves no traces, however the only thing to do to protect yourself from getting hacked is to either update or discard the phone.