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Title    This Tool Tells You if NSO’s Pegasus Spyware Targeted your Phone
Date    Wednesday July 21, @08:14AM
Author    martyb
from the dept.

AnonTechie writes:

Over the weekend, an international consortium of news outlets reported that several authoritarian governments — including Mexico, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates — used spyware developed by NSO Group to hack into the phones of thousands of their most vocal critics, including journalists, activists, politicians and business executives.

A leaked list of 50,000 phone numbers of potential surveillance targets was obtained by Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International and shared with the reporting consortium, including The Washington Post and The Guardian. Researchers analyzed the phones of dozens of victims to confirm they were targeted by the NSO's Pegasus spyware, which can access all of the data on a person's phone. The reports also confirm new details of the government customers themselves, which NSO Group closely guards. Hungary, a member of the European Union where privacy from surveillance is supposed to be a fundamental right for its 500 million residents, is named as an NSO customer.

The Mobile Verification Toolkit, or MVT, works on both iPhones and Android devices, but slightly differently. Amnesty said that more forensic traces were found on iPhones than Android devices, which makes it easier to detect on iPhones.

The toolkit works on the command line, so it's not a refined and polished user experience and requires some basic knowledge of how to navigate the terminal. We got it working in about 10 minutes, plus the time to create a fresh backup of an iPhone, which you will want to do if you want to check up to the hour.


[Also Covered By]: GIZMODO

Original Submission


  1. "AnonTechie" -
  2. "Forbidden Stories" -
  3. "Amnesty International" -
  4. "The Washington Post " -
  5. "The Guardian" -
  6. "Mobile Verification Toolkit" -
  7. "TechCrunch" -
  8. "GIZMODO" -
  9. "Original Submission" -

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