Pegasus is a fascinating beast. It’s state-of-the-art spyware that is supposedly sold only to governments to fight crime and terrorism, but it is showing up on devices owned by activists, politicians, journalists and others.
It dates back to at least iOS 7 and exploits vulnerabilities in Apple’s operating system. But as fast as Apple can patch any openings, Pegasus finds new ones to exploit.
It can infect devices secretly, without any interaction from the owner. Sometimes that occurs over fake cellphone towers that intercept all traffic.
If you want to know more, check out our FAQ, which also tells you how to check if Pegasus has infected your devices.
– Leander Kahney, EIC