According to information security experts, the Pegasus malware has infected at least one million devices worldwide. Pegasus, a malware utility tool created by the Israeli company NSO Group for intelligence purposes, has become a major controversy today. With the revelation of the spying information leaked on the phones of the elites of various countries, the suspicions of the common people have started to rise. Now, if Pegasus is affected or not there is a way in finding it out. Let’s see how.
According to information security experts, the Pegasus malware has infected at least one million devices worldwide. While it may not seem so high and it notifies that Pegasus is very dangerous. Compared to other malware, it allows you to take complete control of your smartphone, secretly read messages and copy phone conversations, photos and videos over your wiretap.
Unfortunately, one cannot detect Pegasus by popular antiviruses. This is because one can use this malware through developers of operating systems and antivirus applications. However, Amnesty International has now developed a utility to identify Pegasus. This is called the MVT (Mobile Verification Toolkit). One can find the source code in GitHub. One can also use the MVT utility on Android and iOS. But, one cannot install this application quickly. It may require some changes with the need of making to a specific phone. This one can do on a computer with Linux or Mac.
The utility saves a backup copy of the data from the computer’s smartphone and then scans all the data. One can then check the device whether there is an infection with Pegasus spyware. However, it looks at whether it can steal information from the phone. However, one can also find it pass on to third parties on to this utility, in particular, scans data transfer logs. This is where most malware infections (information about sending call history, SMS, IM messages, and other information about sending to a remote server) comes into play.
As you know that on Apple iOS, these logs might be more stored than on Android. It is much easier to find Pegasus spyware on the iPhone. Using the mobile verification toolkit given its complexity one should recommend to tech-savvy users or those who suspect that Pegasus is tracking them.
Information security experts believe that this spyware uses only for targeted monitoring. This malware is only available on phones who took interest in controlling the software. Each Pegasus license can cost millions of dollars. So, it is important to keep track of those with valuable information (for example, politicians, business leaders or journalists of major publications).
Since, at present, the Pegasus case has been very popular in the news recently. This is with more than hundreds of other spy apps running silently. Also they spy brilliantly with the only solution is staying digitally clean and stay safe.