Pegasus hacked an award-winning journalist’s iPhone

NSO’s Pegasus has been revealed to have hacked an award-winning journalist’s iPhone, just weeks after Apple sought an injunction prohibiting the company from targeting iPhone users.

NSO’s Pegasus software is so dangerous for two reasons. First, it provides access to almost all phone data, including messages, photos, and location. Second, it works via a zero-click approach…

Most malware consists of tricking a phone user into clicking a link, which security-savvy people will never do. But a no-click exploit installs malware simply by sending the payload as a message; no user interaction is required. Pegasus allows you to perform clickless attacks.

Pegasus has been used to target journalists, lawyers, human rights activists and political opponents. Tech Crunch reports on the latest case to be revealed.

Investigators say they have found evidence that a Jordanian journalist and human rights defender’s iPhone was hacked with Pegasus spyware just weeks after Apple sued spyware maker NSO Group to stop it from target Apple customers.

Award-winning journalist Suhair Jaradat’s phone was hacked with the notorious spyware as recently as December 5, 2021, according to an analysis of his phone by Front Line Defenders and Citizen Lab that was shared with TechCrunch before publication. Jaradat received a WhatsApp message from someone posing as a popular anti-government critic with links to the Pegasus spyware, compromising his phone. According to forensic analysis, Jaradat’s iPhone was hacked multiple times in previous months and as early as February 2021 […]

Jaradat is one of many Jordanians, including human rights defenders, lawyers and fellow journalists, whose phones were likely hacked by Jordanian government agencies, according to findings from Front Line Defenders and Citizen Lab released on Tuesday.

While NSO says it only sells Pegasus to legitimate government law enforcement agencies, the company has come under fire for selling it to countries with poor human rights records. extremely mediocre.

Apple released an iOS security patch last year that was supposed to fix one of the zero-day exploits used by Pegasus, but it’s a constant game of cat and mouse as NSO regularly purchases more exploits from the black market.

The iPhone maker also tried two other approaches. First, iOS now proactively looks for signs that iPhones have been compromised by Pegasus, and Apple alerts their owners. Second, Apple sought an injunction to stop NSO from targeting iPhone users. This case has still not been heard.

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