After spotting a new virus of the same kind called Predator last December, CitizenLab struck again. The cybersecurity specialist has just published a new report in partnership with Front Line Defenders and which reveals other names of victims of the Pegasus spyware. The program had already been incriminated in the national press in 2021.
Its goal ? Introduce discreetly into the smartphone of the target designated by the user and track their slightest telecommunications. Customers of this technology are mainly government surveillance agencies or law enforcement agencies. And today are the Jordanian decision makers who are pinned for having probably hacked the mobile of influential journalists in their country.
Several targets were isolated by the researchers behind this discovery, including Ahmad Al-Neimat. human rights defender, this anti-corruption activist is in prison at the moment but his iPhone was allegedly hacked around January 28th. The search would have lasted nearly two days, but it is difficult to estimate how much data may have been stolen.
Other victim: Suhair Jaradatwinner in 2006 and 2018 of the prize Al-Hussain rewarding creativity in journalism. His phone could have been infected thanks to a corrupted link contained in an SMS received via the Messages application on May 11, 2020. Other attempts also affected the WhatsApp account of Jaradatposing as an opposition Twitter user.
Finally, we can also cite the case of Malik Abu Orabi, lawyer and active member of the National Forum for the Defense of Freedoms. This time, his iPhone would have been compromised at least 21 times during the period from August 2019 to July 2021.
How do you know if your iPhone is safe?
There are a few simple steps to follow to detect the presence of Pegasus on iOS. Apple has however announced that it has closed the breach allowing the malware to reach iPhones, but this patch already dates from September. It is therefore quite possible that the NSO Group, developer of the software, has since identified other zero-day flaws in order to exploit them to achieve its ends and continue to satisfy its buyers…