Israeli company learned to steal data from any cloud.

The developers of the Israeli company NSO Group have updated the Pegasus software: now, using the program, you can access data from any user of the infected device, wherever they are – in the local storage or in the cloud.

Hacking is different from simply stealing a password and is difficult to track. Everything happens unnoticed: Pegasus collects and clones smartphone authentication tokens in different services, pretends to them and gets access to the data. Two-factor authentication does not help here. Apple in a statement to The Financial Times confirmed that the possibility of hacking really exists.

For the first time about Pegasus became known in 2016, after an unsuccessful attempt to install on the iPhone, a human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Mansur. Already then, the application could read text messages, track calls, collect passwords and data from applications. Later, Apple released a new version of iOS, which eliminated holes in the protection of their devices. In May 2019, the NSO Group talked about how to hack WhatsUp with a regular call.

Although the developers assure that Pegasus is being sold only to government agencies to help investigate crimes, there is evidence that in a number of countries (for example, The Financial Times mentions Uganda) the NSO Group software is used to prosecute human rights activists and espionage.

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Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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