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How To Install Pegasus In Phone?
Pegasus is very trending spyware in current time. It is mostly used to gain access to a phone through a malicious web link through a message, email or a phone call. Once a user clicked on the link or pick the call, Pegasus would be installed on the phone. Researchers found that it could be even installed on the phone with just a missed WhatsApp call.
Pegasus is very interesting because once it had access to the device, it could delete any call logs, thus making it virtually impossible for the victim to know that their phone was a target by the spyware.
Pegasus is capable of reading text messages, tracking calls, collecting passwords, tracking location, accessing the target device’s microphone and camera and harvesting information from apps. It contacts control servers that enables it to relay commands and gather information from the infected device.
Note: According to Citizen Lab of University of Toronto, “This malware is designed to evade forensic analysis, avoid detection by anti-virus software, and can be deactivated and removed by operators remotely.”
How To Get Rid Of Pegasus?
Many of cybersecurity analysts and experts have pointed out that the only way to get completely rid of Pegasus is to discard the phone that has been affected. According to Citizen Lab, even factory resetting your smartphone will not be useful as it cannot get rid of the spyware completely.
In order to ensure your online accounts are safe, you should also change the passwords of all the cloud-based applications and services that you were using on the infected device.
Price Of Pegasus Spyware
Israeli company NSO Group charges governments a hefty fee for use of its surveillance tool Pegasus, according to a report by The New York Times.
NSO charges a flat $500,000 (around Rs 3.7 crore) fee for installing Pegasus.
- It charges government agencies $650,000 (Rs 4.8 crore) to spy on 10 iPhones.
- It charges government agencies $650,000 for 10 Android users.
- It charges government agencies $500,000 for five BlackBerry users.
- It charges government agencies $300,000 for five Symbian users.
- One hundred additional targets will cost $800,000 (around Rs 5.9 crore).
- 50 extra targets cost $500,000.
- 20 extra targets will cost $250,000 (Rs 1.8 crore).
- 10 extra targets costs $150,000 (Rs 1.1 crore).
Source: Price Of Pegasus Spyware.