September 23, 2021

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Make sure you don’t have Pegasus on your phone

Let me say two things at the beginning. First, the cost of installing Pegasus spyware on the phone is not low. Unlike other malware, it has not spread widely. So don’t panic if you think your phone may have Pegasus. Second, the method of testing data on smartphones here requires quite a bit of technical knowledge. It is important to keep that in mind.

Using Pegasus spyware made by Israel’s NSO group, important people’s eavesdropped on smartphones in more than 50 countries around the world. That incident was published simultaneously by 18 international media. Amnesty International provided technical assistance in compiling those investigative reports. This human rights organization has provided a toolkit to test the presence of Pegasus on smartphones. It is called Mobile Verification Toolkit, MVT for short. Amnesty has also published several long-winded guidelines for use with.

Mobile Verification Toolkit works on devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system. However, Amnesty’s guidelines state that the iPhone is more accurate than Android.

According to The Verge, if you want to use the toolkit, you have to run a backup of the data on a different computer with the data backup of the smartphone. And he has to use the command line. While most operating systems can do the job, the guidelines use Apple’s MacOS or Linux operating system. That is to say, technical skills as well as a little patience are required.

Instructions for using the Mobile Verification Toolkit and installing files can be found on the same website. And don’t forget to read the instructions from the website well before downloading and using the file The guide only mentions that it works on MacOS and Linux operating systems. However, Windows 10 has the opportunity to use Linux on computers with Windows operating system. You can check out the guide on Microsoft’s website if you want . Then follow Amnesty’s guidelines for Linux.

Let’s compare the fight to the football field. Apple at one end; More than 100 crore iPhones made by them are currently being used by people all over the world. At the other end are organizations like the NSO group in Israel. Those who break the security barrier of the latest technology are eavesdropping on these iPhones, keeping an eye on user information.

As you know, the goal on the scoreboard is in the name of NSO.

The phenomenon can happen with any brand of smartphone. However, we are talking about the iPhone for two reasons. First of all, we have always seen the iPhone as a secure smartphone. Second, Apple has always insisted that it is the creator of the ‘safest platform in the world’, one step ahead of eavesdropping software.

However, the research of the media alliance as part of the Pegasus project has revealed a worrying picture. We learned that the spyware was one step ahead.

According to a study by Amnesty International, the latest version of the software has been installed on the latest model of iPhone, but the NSO group’s Pegasus spyware has been able to intercept it.

In this, many iPhones have become portable surveillance devices. In other words, the smartphone bought by the user’s own money is working for others. Hackers have handed over all kinds of information including list of phone numbers, SMS, photos.

Digital security researchers, however, have long called for preparedness for such a situation. He also warned regularly. Apple also regularly updates its software. However, at the end of the day, the damage is to the users. It was safe to say that they had leaked their information on the company’s products, which was leaked from there.