In zero click attack, without the smartphone users clicking on any message or link, this spyware is installed in their phone and it is not even detected.
Multiple iPhones targeted in alleged spying from Pegasus (symbol photo)
Apple has condemned the attack after reports of alleged spying through the Israeli spyware Pegasus emerged. Appen’s iPhone has also become an easy victim in this phone tapping report, after which questions have been raised about its security. Amnesty, which shared the leaked data, also said that Apple’s iPhone is easily tapped via Pegasus. According to the report, zero-click i-messages are exploited in iPhones with iOS 14.6 version and through this the Pegasus software is likely to be inserted in the target phone.
Apple issued a statement condemning this spyware attack and said that such attacks will not affect the number of our users. The company also said that work is being done for additional security of the iPhone. “These types of attacks are very powerful and cost millions of dollars to develop,” said Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krasti, in a statement. However, it has a very short shelf life and is used to target certain types of people.”
The company further said, “However, this does not threaten most of our users. We are constantly working to enhance security, so that users’ devices and data are made safe.” In zero click attack, without the smartphone users clicking on any message or link, this spyware is installed in their phone and it is not even detected.
A global media association investigation has revealed that software from the Israel-based NSO Group is being used to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political opponents around the world. Spying can be done by illegally inserting this spyware into any smartphone.
Efforts to monitor more than 1000 people in 50 countries
From a list of more than 50,000 cellphone numbers acquired by journalistic non-profit Paris-based Forbidden Stories and human rights group Amnesty International and shared with 16 news organizations, journalists have identified more than 1,000 such individuals in 50 countries. which have been allegedly selected by NSO customers for potential surveillance.
According to The Washington Post, a member of the global media association, those selected for possible surveillance include 189 journalists, more than 600 politicians and government officials, at least 65 business executives, 85 human rights activists and several heads of state. . These journalists work for organizations such as ‘The Associated Press’ (AP), ‘Reuters’, ‘CNN’, ‘The Wall Street Journal’, ‘Le Monde’ and ‘The Financial Times’.
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