Apple iPhones to get protection against Pegasus Mobile Spyware

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As the media around the world is busy speculating about the targets related to Pegasus Mobile Spying malware, Apple Inc, the American company that is into the production of iPhones has issued a press statement that its engineers are working on a fix to protect the users from becoming victims to the said spying Israeli malware.

Israel-based NSO company has designed a specific software dubbed Pegasus to spy on targeted mobile devices. Until the year 2019, it was offering the spying software only to government organizations that were indulging in espionage related tactics on criminals.

But for some reasons the technology now seems to have fallen into the wrong hands of individuals/government funded organizations targeting politicians, journalists, celebrities, and sports persons from countries like Azerbaijan, Turkey, Bahrain, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Togo, and UAE.

Such practices often induce a kind of distrustfulness into the minds of citizens using mobile phones and online services. So the MacBook maker wants to nip such feelings from its users and is devising a fix that will act as a firewall against attacks related to the spread and installation of Pegasus malware.

The tech company has also assured its users that it will soon release a fix to the Wi-Fi flaw that was revealed by mobile security firm ZecOps last week. The flaw was related to a ‘Zero- Click’ vulnerability in iOS 14.4 software that led to iPhone hacks. Till then the iPhone owners are requested to avoid using unknown Wi-Fi networks for accessing internet on their devices. And keep their apps on phone secured with 2FA backed passwords.

Note- Pegasus spyware has the potential to collect sensitive info from the targeted devices and that includes pictures, videos, call records, social media posts, user passwords, emails, contacts lists, audio files, and browsing history and can also record the voices that are in the phone’s vicinity- even when the user is not using the device i.e. in idle mode.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security