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Pegasus spyware is once again in controversy after allegations of hacking and espionage on a large scale. After a report on Sunday, there is an uproar from the Parliament of India to the whole world on this issue on Monday. This report has sparked a fresh debate on cyber security. This spyware is made by the Israeli company NSO Group.
WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart has called this whole matter a wakeup call for cyber security. Cathcart wrote on social media that mobile phones are the primary computers for billions of people. Governments and companies should do their best to make these as safe as possible. Our security and freedom rest on this.
WhatsApp raised its voice in 2019
Cathcart has thanked companies including Microsoft, Google, Cisco who have raised their voice against the threats of spyware firms. Quoting reports from the Guardian and the Washington Post, he said it shows what we and others have been saying for many years. Dangerous spyware from NSO is used worldwide for human rights abuses. It should be stopped.
He told that WhatsApp had come to know about similar antics of NSO in 2019. Then the company fought against it. Since then the company is raising its voice against it. Then WhatsApp said that the account information of about 1400 journalists and human rights activists was hacked from their phones through Pegasus.
Pegasus hacks the phone
Pegasus is a spyware. Spyware means software used for spying or surveillance. Through this, any phone can be hacked. After hacking, all the information including the camera, mic, messages and calls of that phone goes to the hacker.
Came into the limelight for the first time in 2016