Mediapart claims that the phones of five current ministers have at least trace traces for the implementation of the Pegasus spy software. They would have been targeted between 2019 and 2020.
The famous ” “Which Guillaume Poupart, the boss of Anssi (National Agency for Information Systems Security), laughed at, while various French entities were undergoing a massive end of July, talk about him again. In mid-July, Futura explained that the software was used to try to spy on around 1,000 French people, whether they were journalists, industrialists or political figures. Today, we know a little more about the people who were targeted from 2019. According to the latest information obtained by , a document compiling the results of the inspection of the phones of members of the government shows that the mobiles of five ministers have “suspicious markers”.
This does not mean that they were being spied on, but that the process of implanting Pegasus had at least been initiated. These “markers” are therefore found on the, Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Territorial Cohesion Jacqueline Gourault, Minister of Overseas Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of Housing Emmanuelle Wargon and Julien Denormandie, Minister of . Previously, traces of spotting to inoculate Pegasus had already been discovered on the mobile of François de Rugy, who was then Minister of .
NSO Group denies
These six ministers are for the moment those whose mobiles have been approached to prepare the implementation of the software of, but in July, a list of telephone numbers revealed that a total of fifteen members of the government, including the former prime minister, had been targeted. According to Mediapart, it is not only the ministers who have been targeted, but also senior officials of the Elysee and perhaps even the President of the Republic, whose telephone number is part of the list. For example, we find the case of the adviser for Africa of the President of the Republic. A suspicious clue when we know that one of the clients of the publisher of Pegasus, NSO Group is the Kingdom of Morocco, even if the country denies being involved in these attempts . Despite the technical clues discovered, for its part NSO Group explained that all the French ministers are not among the targets of Pegasus.
What you must remember
- Spyware, already known, targets 50,000 phone numbers of personalities, journalists and activists.
- Pegasus originated from an Israeli company and has already been used by at least 40 countries.
- The software targets 1,000 French.
Project Pegasus: Apple defends the security of its iPhones
Pointed out iPhone flaws after the revelations of the Project Pegasus scandal,defends himself and explains that his smartphone remains the most secure in the world. Except that the flaws are still present and still allow you to install spyware on a specific target.
Posted on 07/20/2021 by Fabrice Auclert
The Pegasus Project continues to spill ink, and as journalists,, from alerts and political figures plan to file a complaint against the company behind this , but also those who have set up this spy system, other voices are raised against the weakness of iPhone security.
To spy on their targets, the hackers usedwhich allows you to trap iPhone by sending a simple iMessage. Once the recipient receives the message and views it, without even clicking on it, it triggers the installation of the spyware. This is called a zero-click flaw, and suffered from this before Apple fixed it with iOS 14.
A flaw still exploited!
The problem – and this is the usual cat-and-mouse game between hackers and Apple – is that the Israeli company adapted to Apple’s patches and used other services to breach. Before, there was Apple Photos, then after the patch to fix iMessage, there was Apple Music. As a result, according to the Amnesty International report, the vulnerability still works against iPhones and under iOS 14.6, but also versions 14.3 and iOS 14.4. Clearly, attacks are always possible.
Security researchers agree iPhone is the most secure consumer mobile device on the market
On Monday, following this unprecedented scandal, Apple defended itself in the , through the voice of Ivan Krstić, Head of Engineering and Safety. After having ” unequivocally condemned cyber attacks against journalists, human rights activists and others who seek to make the world a better place “, This leader affirms that” Apple is at the forefront of innovation in security, and therefore security researchers agree that the iPhone is the most secure consumer mobile device on the market ».
According to him, ” attacks like the ones described are very sophisticated, costing millions of dollars to develop,life is often short and they are used to target specific people “. For Apple, these attacks ” do not pose a threat to the overwhelming majority From iPhone users.
What about? the from is not spared by this spyware and thousands of targets used an Android smartphone, mostly Samsung models. To infect them, the hackers also used a loophole ” »Present in . The principle was the same as with iMessage but, this time, it was enough to call a contact for the hacking to be possible, and this, even if the target of the attack did not answer the call! Owner of , Facebook corrected the flaw and filed a complaint against NSO Group.
Project Pegasus: the bottom line of a massive cyber espionage scandal
States have installed spyware on thousands of the phones of journalists and activists in some 50 countries. More than 1,000 French would be among these targets.
Posted on 07/19/2021 by Louis Neveu
This is the scandal of this Sunday, July 18. In an investigation by , a large international consortium of journalists from seventeen editorial staff, supported by Amnesty International, was able to recover a list of 50,000 phone numbers targeted by spyware called Pegasus. A software which is occasionally in the news and which has already been mentioned by .
In this survey, it appears that many states use this softwareto monitor activists, lawyers, politicians, journalists and opponents around the world. Among the targets, there are about thirty journalists and French media bosses from the newspaper The world, from France Televisions, from Figaro or even AFP. In all, more than 1,000 French would be affected. Thirteen heads of state or government, including three Europeans, were also spied on via Pegasus. The 50,000 telephone numbers recorded are not all spied on, but are part of a list of potential targets.
The software can be implemented in different ways in the Android mobile or an iPhone: fault . No data is not effective in protecting against it. It therefore goes beyond that of applications such as Signal or . In addition to recovering messages, photos, contacts and listening to calls, it can also be used to activate the microphone and of the mobile.via a like iMessage or WhatsApp, smartphone, installation via a link trapped like a . Once it sits there, it is difficult to detect, since it sits at the kernel level of the phone, i.e. the heart of the operating system, as described in an article in the cybersecurity company
A powerful cyber weapon
The NSO Group company is not always watchful and sometimes sells its spyware to whoever wants to buy it
It has around 40 states as clients, including Morocco, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. On the other hand, it would refrain from operating in around fifty countries and certain States deemed too sensitive. This is the case of the United States, Russia or Israel. Moreover, it is the latter who issues the authorizations to market its software and sometimes pushes it to cross the red line for diplomatic reasons.
As the survey shows, this spyware can be considered a realallowing a small country to be equipped with a tool that can be used to fight terrorism and crime, but also to control the media and opponents. This scandal shows above all that, unlike the arms market, regulations on the sale of cyber weapons are very vague. A legal vagueness that can be dangerous when this powerful weapon is sold to a repressive state.