Mon. Jul 13th, 2020

Pegasus spyware exists in 45 countries around the world

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In the past two years, 45 countries around the world have discovered a spyware Pegasus, which is popular on Android and Apple platforms. The program was developed by Israel’s NSO organisation, which is known for selling high-tech smartphone monitoring software.

As the organisation’s most famous remote hacking tool, Pegasus can remotely attack iPhones, Android phones and other mobile devices, including SMS, calendar, email, WhatsApp chat, user location, microphone and camera. All data information within. The software is aimed at human rights activists and related journalists, with countries ranging from Mexico to Saudi Arabia.

Spyware appeared last month against the leading human rights organisation Amnesty International. Yesterday, the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto in Canada announced that Pegasus spyware has spread to more countries. Last month, 174 known NSO spyware activities were discovered, including Pegasus spyware found in 45 countries. Figure. According to existing reports, 36 Pegasus software users in 45 countries around the world are espionage, and 10 of them are still engaged in cross-border surveillance.

The report also shows that although some of NSO’s customers may have the right to use Pegasus software legally, at least six of them are conducting large-scale surveillance activities, indicating that these countries use spyware to monitor domestic grievances.

These countries that abuse spyware includes Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Countries monitored by Pegasus spyware include: Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon , Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Zambia.

Since the citizen lab tracks Pegasus by IP address location, it may use VPN or satellite communication for some IP addresses, resulting in some geographical location error messages. In a subsequent statement, NSO stated that the company’s software products did not violate the law in the above countries and were in regular use. In many cases, the government or law enforcement agencies use the software for criminal investigations or counter-terrorism. The company also said that there were some problems with the research published by the Citizen Lab, one of which was that Pegasus was not sold in some of the 45 countries.