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Pegasus Malware

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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WhatsApp has released shocking statement admitting that cyberattack exploit their software's vulnerabilities and infect about 1 400 Devices across 20 countries spanning four continents. Attack Targeted Activists, Lawyers And Journalists, Of Which 20 Were Indians. Attack Was Allegedly Carried Out Using Israel-base NSO Group's Spyware, Pegasus, Which Allows Surveillance To Be Conducted On Individuals Via Their Smartphones. Those responsible for surveillance are still unknown, but NSO Group has denied allegations, insisting that their customers are licensed government intelligence and law enforcement agencies who get assistance in fighting terrorism and other crimes. Among Indians targeted was Nihal Singh Rathod, human rights lawyer who represented accused in Bhima Koregaon case. Rathod was contacted on Oct. 14 by Citizen Lab of University of and was informed that his phone, among others, had been compromised by Spyware known as Pegasus. Pegasus made headlines in 2016 when it was revealed that it unsuccessfully attempted to attack device of UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor. He receives text messages on his iPhone promising 'new secrets' about prisoners in his country if he open link in SMS. Instead of following instructions, Mansoor sent messages to researchers at Citizen Lab, who traced origin of links back to infrastructure belonging to NSO Group. Further testing revealed that link gives access to Pegasus Spyware that could target and exploit vulnerabilities in iPhone and infect it, giving near unlimited access to data on device. Citizen Lab then collaborated with Cybersecurity firm Lookout to investigate Spyware's current reach. Final Report Reveals 45 Countries With Possible Pegasus Infections, With 33 Operators Handling Surveillance Of Affected Targets. One such operator, 'Ganges', was responsible for surveillance in India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Pakistan. Eight telecom operators in India, including Bharti Airtel Ltd and Cable & Datacom Ltd, were believed to have been targeted by Pegasus. Domain Name Used By Ganges Was Noted By Citizen Lab As It Could Indicate Possible Political Motivations Behind Surveillance. Hacking Team, Italian firm that offers governments and other clients target malware, relies on malicious apps, User installations or physical access to device itself for successful operations. However, NSO's Pegasus can remotely device with little to no user interaction with Spyware trigger, mostly via zero-day vulnerabilities. Zero-day vulnerabilities are flaws in software's code that have not been brought to notice by its developers, thereby it vulnerable to exploitation by hackers. NSO Group documentation on Pegasus Spyware reveals two vectors Pegasus uses to install itself onto device. First Is One-click Vector. One-click vector is what was used in Mansoor's case, and involves well-know technique called phishing.

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What is Pegasus?

Pegasus was first discovered by Ahmed Mansoor, human rights activist in United Arab Emirates. On August 10 and 11 2016, Mansoor, now imprisoned in UAE, received SMS text messages on his iPhone that promised if he clicked on link in messages, he would receive new information about individuals tortured in UAE jails. However, Mansoor didnt click on link. Rather, he sent messages to researchers at Citizen Lab, organization based at University of Toronto. Organizations produce evidence-base on cybersecurity issues associated with human rights concerns. Groups ' Research Includes Investigating Digital Espionage. Researchers recognize that links belong to exploit infrastructure connect to NSO Group, which sells Pegasus and other spyware to governments known for human rights to spy on critics and activists. When information about iOS version of Pegasus was first release, Apple issued iOS Security update that patched three vulnerabilities. Google helped researchers investigate case with Android version and notified potential Pegasus targets directly. Google claims that just few dozen Android devices have been infect. In 2018, Amnesty International staff members received suspicious WhatsApp message that included link that, if click, would have instal Pegasus on employees ' mobile device. WhatsApp ultimately patched flaw that would have allowed to infect victims ' device with spyware.

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Several weeks ago, Amnesty International published detailed report describing new case of what appears to be Threat actor NSO Group deploying their notorious Pegasus spyware against new target, Moroccan Journalist Omar Radi. This is only latest such attack amidst long, sordid history of similar attacks attributed to NSO Group targeting journalists and human rights defenders; pernicious pattern of target surveillance which has been extensively documented and researched by organizations such as Citizen Lab, Amnesty International, and Article 19, R3D, and SocialTIC. But while Pegasus is sophisticated piece of spyware weaponizing various zero-day exploits, installation vectors Pegasus relies on to successfully infect target device may be stymie by basic operational Security procedures such as not clicking unknown links, practicing device compartmentalization, and having VPN on mobile devices.

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