Imagine being monitored at every moment of your life. Every little thing you said at work. The fight you had with your wife about what to have for dinner. The inspiring speech you gave to your son over the reality of the current world. Everything recorded.
Does it give you an unpleasant feeling?
Many people might be under the impression that this scenario is purely fictional. But recent news shows the reality.
It is the name for perhaps the most powerful piece of spyware ever developed – certainly by a private company. Once it has wormed its way on to your phone, without you noticing, it can turn it into a 24-hour surveillance device. It can copy messages you send or receive, harvest your photos and record your calls. It might secretly film you through your phone’s camera, or activate the microphone to record your conversations. It can potentially pinpoint where you are, where you’ve been, and who you’ve met.
Pegasus is the hacking software – or spyware – that is developed, marketed and licensed to governments around the world by the Israeli company NSO Group. It has the capability to infect billions of phones running either iOS or Android operating systems.
Do these people think of themselves as God? Do they believe they have the right to monitor all of humanity at all times?
“In 2019, when NSO Group was facing intense scrutiny, new investors in the Israeli surveillance company were on a PR offensive to reassure human rights groups.
In an exchange of public letters in 2019, they told Amnesty International and other activists that they would do “whatever is necessary” to ensure NSO’s weapons-grade software would only be used to fight crime and terrorism. […]
Based in Herzliya, NSO Group has come a long way in a short period. The name is derived from the initials of the men who launched it: the friends Niv Carmi, Shalev Hulio and Omri Lavie.
Hulio, who served in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), has said the idea for the company came after he and Lavie received a phone call from a European intelligence service, which had learned the pair had the know-how to access people’s phones.
“Why aren’t you using this to collect intelligence?” the agency is said to have asked.
The proliferation of smartphones and encrypted communications technology, from Signal to WhatsApp and Telegram, meant intelligence and law enforcement agencies had gone “dark”, unable to monitor the activities of terrorists, paedophiles and other criminals.”
Because of the high prospects that this software allows, many countries spent a high amount of money to obtain it. UAE, Saudi, Mexico and many other states are reported to have used the spying device.
So far, it seems like Pegasus Project has been mainly used against journalists. Al Jazeera, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, French journalist Edwy Plenel, and others were found in the software database.
This incident even showed proofs of allied countries spying on their partners.
Here are the dire consequences when you don’t base your society on taqwa and steadfastness.
The modern world in current year is a scary place.