Pegasus scandal: how to understand that you are being tracked?

 Pegasus scandal: How do you know if you're being tracked?

The police use of NSO's Pegasus spyware scandal is gaining momentum, and a reasonable question has arisen as to how to find out if a device is being tracked.

The answer to this experts gave, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Pegasus exploits a number of software vulnerabilities, mostly loopholes that have not yet been discovered and patched by hardware and operating system companies. It usually takes some time before loopholes are discovered and “closed” them.

One common device hacking tactic is phishing and spam messages containing malicious links or attachments. If a smartphone or computer user opens the link, it causes malware to be downloaded to the device, which in turn allows hackers to commit crimes.

“The most common signs that a device has been hacked are faster than usual battery drain, a sudden increase in internet usage that is not related to the device user's usual traffic, GPS and internet options turning on and off independently, ads being shown randomly, or unfamiliar applications are installed without your permission,” explains Lukas Stepenko, an expert at information security company ESET.

Another sign of possible hacking can be failures in applications that previously functioned normally. The appearance of unknown entries in the history of calls and messages may also indicate a hack – spyware may try to make calls or send SMS.

Tom Malka, Cyber ​​Threat Researcher, emphasizes: “In order to stay as secure as possible, I would first of all recommend continuing to update your smartphone system frequently. These updates close potential security vulnerabilities.”

Malka added that you should not download applications from third-party, unofficial stores and sites:

“Remember that often “free” is expensive, and if you're tempted to download apps outside of the app store, the risk increases.”

A study by Amnesty and Citizen Lab found that Pegasus and similar software only rely on vulnerabilities and do not require links to be followed, but spyware does not have device reboot protection. Frequent reboot helps “clean up” device from malware. If, for example, the device is rebooted daily, attackers will be forced to re-infect the device with software.

on Google, open profiles on dating sites, update our social networks, etc. Remember that everything that happens online stays online. To protect your privacy and anonymity in the current realities, it is important to enable privacy settings in networks, remove cookies, use anonymous or incognito browsers, and in some cases VPNs,” said May Brooks-Kempler, cyber expert and co-founder of the Safe Online community at Facebook.

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