Pegasus is not a new phenomenon. It’s been in the works for a long time, and the first time the world discovered it goes back to 2016 when a failed attempt to jailbreak a human rights activist’s iPhone ignited further investigation and a spike in media coverage. Since then, Pegasus made it to the news several more times. In 2017, for instance, over 70 Pegasus injection attempts were reported by Mexican journalists. In 2019, WhatsApp sued NSO for exploiting their instant messenger vulnerability to hack WhatsApp users’ devices. In 2021, Pegasus is back in the spotlight, raising concerns about the freedom of the press and surveillance abuse by intelligence organizations worldwide.
FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is the cyber investigation software developed by a German-based IT company in 2008. According to the official website, the company provides its services exclusively to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and its mission is to fight organized crime.
Candiru is spyware developed by an Israel-based company currently registered by the name Saito Tech Ltd. The spyware clientele is predominantly made up of government organizations and authoritarian leaders. Candiru can infect desktop, mobile, and cloud users.
Intellexa positions itself as an alliance of cyber intelligence organizations catering to the needs of intelligence and law enforcement agencies. It has combined the expertise of three tech companies – Nexa, WiSpear, and Cytrox – specializing in sensor interception & big data analytics, Wi-Fi surveillance solutions, and data collection from end-point devices and cloud services, respectively.How to Detect Pegasus Spyware on iOS and Android? | QAwerk