Pegasus first came into the limelight in the year 2016. Then UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor was getting messages from many unknown numbers. There were many links in it too. Ahmed got suspicious of this message. He got the cyber expert checked. It was found that Pegasus is downloaded to his phone as soon as he clicks on the message link sent to him.
New Delhi. Pegasus spyware. This name is in the headlines. It has been accused of spying on the phones of Indian journalists. In such a situation, you will have a question in your mind that what is Pegasus spyware. How can he spy on your phone? Is your phone safe or could it be caught by this Pegasus spyware? To know the answers to these questions, Asianet News spoke to Cyber Forensic Expert and Chief Technology Advisor to the Director General of Kerala Police Vinod Bhattathiripad. He answered all the questions in easy language.
What is Pegasus, who made it?
“Pegasus is an app, which can be easily downloaded. Sometimes this app can also be downloaded in a secret way through a link. It is made by the Israeli company NSO Group.”
How does Pegasus get into mobile?
“The Pegasus link may reach you via Message, WhatsApp or any messaging platform. If you click on the link, the app will automatically be installed on your mobile or device.”
What are the dangers of Pegasus?
“If Pegasus comes into your mobile, it can read your entire messages. Not only this, it can record calls. Can also control the phone’s mic and camera. It will all be automatic and you will not even know. After this all your data will reach the main server of Pegasus.”
How to check phone is there or not?
“If you want to find out whether your mobile has Pegasus or not, there is a simple way. For example, let’s say you have an Android phone. Then go to its settings. Go there to see which apps you have given SMS permission. In such a situation, no other app can control your SMS but Pegasus app can control. If Pegasus appears in the app list, remove it.”
How to escape from Pegasus?
“Pegasus can come to your mobile only through a link or message. To avoid this, do not click on any such link, which you do not know about. Sometimes these links are of two or three words. Those words are also very attractive, seeing which one can click, but there is a need to be careful seeing such messages.
If Pegasus has arrived, how to remove it?
“If you have clicked on such a link, then the way is to format the entire memory of your phone. Formatting here means that you also delete your personal data. Your photos and videos in personal data He is also involved. He too will have to be removed.”
Where did the whole controversy begin?
Paris-based Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International have a list of about 50,000 phone numbers. The organization claims that these numbers have been hacked through Pegasus spyware. Both the institutions shared this list with 16 media organizations of the world. India was also included in this. A news portal named The Wire revealed that among those spied on, 300 are Indians, including 40 journalists. This is where the controversy started. At the same time, the Government of India has rejected the claims, in which it is being said that state sponsored special people are being monitored. The government has said that there is no solid basis or any truth related to it.
Government said data has nothing to do with espionage
Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav in Lok Sabha completely rubbished the espionage claims. He clearly said that the data has nothing to do with espionage. This story was brought up a day before the start of the monsoon session of Parliament. It can’t all be a coincidence. Similar claims were made in the past regarding the use of Pegasus on WhatsApp. There were no facts in those reports and they were denied by all. Looking at this matter through the prism of logic, it is understood that there is no basis for this.