At present, there is no confirmation on how much damage has happened in India, or to what extent people were targeted. However, a WhatsApp spokesperson has confirmed that some Indian users were among those who could have become the target of the cyber-attack that happened in May. In a blog post released by WhatsApp, “We sent a special WhatsApp message to approximately 1,400 users that we have reason to believe were impacted by [May 2019] attack to directly inform them about what happened.”
However how exactly does this Pegasus spyware work, particularly, after WhatsApp claims to provide high-end encryption techniques is still not known? Pegasus malware is said to be around in the market for three years now and is not ordinary spyware. It works by sending a link, and if the user clicks on it, it gets installed on your device. The moment it gets installed, it starts to contact control servers that enable it to relay commands so one can collect data from the infected gadget or device.
This particular spyware has the potential to steal your calendar info, contacts, voice calls, passwords made through messaging applications, in this case, WhatsApp. More importantly, the threat does not stop there because it can let the attacker have access to the microphone, camera, and GPS of your device. Pegasus spyware has been around for at least three years.
It is the popularity of WhatsApp that makes it an easy target for cybercriminals, hackers and other entities. Even law enforcement agencies across the globe want messages to be decrypted – a particular demand that WhatsApp is fighting in many countries, including India.
There is a lot more to Pegasus spyware that wreaked havoc in many countries. With more and more new details pouring in, it seems now is the time to employ safety measures to keep devices safe from such threats.
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