If you are concerned about recent reports of Pegasus spyware that has been installed by the Israeli group NSO to hack journalists and world leaders, there is a tool to check if it is hidden on your iPhone. But you probably have nothing to worry about.
What is this Pegasus spyware?
According to a report published in the Washington Post in collaboration with the nonprofit groups Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International and several others, military-grade spyware developed by an Israeli company was used to hack some 40 smartphones “belonging to journalists. , human rights activists, business leaders and two women close to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi ”.
The phones appeared on a list of more than 50,000 phone numbers, according to the Post. NSO has denied the allegations.
Have I been hacked?
Chances are, your iPhone is not on this list. While the legality of the operation may be in question, reports indicate that NSO apparently targeted high-level politicians, government officials and journalists in the operation and was only successful less than half the time. . For example, Amnesty International examined 67 phones and found that “23 were successfully infected and 14 showed signs of attempted penetration.” Of these, nearly all were iPhones, according to the survey.
But if you are concerned, there is a way to test if your iPhone has been targeted.
As you may have heard, @amnesty has released mat-detect. an amazing tool for detecting whether your device has evidence that it may have been touched by the Pegasus spyware. In this thread I am going to tell you about my experience and lessons using this tool one iOS. (1/13) pic.twitter.com/pJRTv4FVPf
It’s not an easy test, but if you are using a Mac or Linux computer and have backed up your iPhone using it, the Mobile Verification Toolkit Amnesty International will be able to detect if Pegasus spyware is installed on your phone. The tool, tested by TechCrunch, works using the Terminal on macOS and find your latest iPhone backup on your Mac. You will need to have a minimum of knowledge on how to use and navigate the terminal. You will need to install libusb as well as Python 3 using Homebrew. (You can read more about the installation here.) TechCrunch says the verification only takes a minute or two to run once it’s been set up.