How to check if your phone is infected with Pegasus spyware

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Explained: Is Pegasus spyware tapping your phone, should you be worried?


Pegasus spyware is also infected on your mobile phone? There is a way to find out if the recent Pegasus spyware has affected your mobile device. A report from TechCrunch Amnesty International researchers have released a tool that allows anyone to come in and everyone can detect if their smartphone has been infected by the dangerous Pegasus spyware. The tool is called Mobile Verification Toolkit (MVT).

Designed by Amnesty researchers, the mobile verification toolkit has been used to determine if any mobile devices have been infected by Pegasus spyware. This toolkit is said to work for both Android and iPhone. The researchers said the tool could detect any indicator of compromise (IOC) used by spyware to infect a device.

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The mobile verification toolkit has been made available for free to GitHub. The toolkit relies on a command-line interface (CLI), which basically means that a normal user will not find the tool very easy to use on a regular basis. Users who feel comfortable typing commands will find it easier to use the toolkit and find out if their mobile phones have been infected by Pegasus spyware.

Check if Pegasus is infected on your phone

Researchers at Amnesty International claim that iPhones are more vulnerable to Pegasus spyware than Android phones. For the iPhone, the mobile verification toolkit can read the backup and check for any signs that suggest the device has been compromised. The toolkit has the ability to read Pegasus-related domains that may be displayed on device backups. Once this is done, the tool notifies the user if any such IOC is detected.

As an Android device, the tool checks backups for any links to NSO group domains sent via SMS / text message. It verifies the integrity of all apps installed on the device and checks if they have been compromised.

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