Every day it seems that we are stepping out into a science fiction movie, but sadly there is nothing entertaining about any of this.
If you haven’t heard of “Pegasus” and I am not talking about the My Little Pony kind you are about to very soon.
Pegasus is new spyware that has been created by an Israeli company to track Android and iPhone devices.
This particular software allows operators to extract messages, photos, and emails, record calls, and secretly activate microphones and cameras.
Yeah, that is terrifying, right?
According to the BBC:
Rights activists, journalists and lawyers around the world have been targeted with phone malware sold to authoritarian governments by an Israeli surveillance firm, media reports say.
They are on a list of some 50,000 phone numbers of people believed to be of interest to clients of the company, NSO Group, leaked to major news outlets.
It was not clear where the list came from – or how many phones had actually been hacked.
NSO denies any wrongdoing.
It says the software is intended for use against criminals and terrorists and is made available only to military, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies from countries with good human rights records.
Pegasus spyware reportedly hacked thousands of iPhones worldwide. Here’s what to knowhttps://t.co/HMqPaTeKkf
— TIME (@TIME) July 21, 2021
#Pegasus: Revelations about the widespread use of software to spy on journalists, human rights defenders & others are extremely alarming. See statement by @UNHumanRights Chief @mbachelet: https://t.co/v6moMj4v6W pic.twitter.com/vyRxLX4jyq
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) July 19, 2021
Unless you understand coding, it is almost impossible to detect if Pegasus is on your phone.
Dan Bongino explained it like this, on Fox News:
The ramifications for Pegasus are severe. If this is right, and this tool can be loaded onto your phone, to listen, to geolocate you, to watch you, to read your texts, to read your encrypted texts, to listen to your voicemails, to watch your Facebook posting, to watch all of your posting in live time, anything you do on your phone. Can you imagine the danger here? One of the most awesome powers in the world – the ability in live time to locate and track people, and hear everything they’re doing. You imagine the potential for media blackmail, the descent into totalitarianism, how quickly it could happen if this tool is abused? And according to The Guardian’s reporting, it appears they believe it has been.
With this news, how many of us are willing to give up our phones now?