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One of its licenses costs about Rs 70 lakh, the company charges Rs 9 crore for spying on 10 people.

 One of its licenses costs about Rs 70 lakh, the company charges Rs 9 crore for spying on 10 people.

One of its licenses costs about Rs 70 lakh, the company charges Rs 9 crore for spying on 10 people.


    Pegasus spyware can be installed in the target user's phone even with a missed call

    The company charges Rs 3.75 crore separately for hacking 10 devices

    According to the company, it only works with government agencies


Israeli cyber security company NSO's spyware Pegasus (Pegasus) is under discussion. A joint report by 16 media organizations, including The Guardian and The Washington Post, claims that the Indian government spied on about 300 Indian mobile numbers between 2017 and 2019. The report said the government hacked the phones of journalists, lawyers, social activists, opposition leaders and businessmen with the help of Pegasus spyware.


The big question that arises after the Pegasus debate is whether anyone can buy this spyware? What is its value? How does it work? Here are the answers to these questions ...


What is Pegasus?

Pegasus is a spyware. Spyware is software used for espionage or surveillance. The phone can be hacked through it. After being hacked, the details of the phone including the camera, mic, messages and calls go to the hacker. The spyware was developed by the Israeli company NSO Group.


Pegasus can be installed remotely on any phone or other device. Pegasus can be installed in your phone with just a missed call. Not only this, this spyware can also be installed through WhatsApp message, text message, SMS and social media.


Who can buy Pegasus?


    The NSO Group claims to work only with authorized government. Pegasus is used publicly by the governments of Mexico and Panama. It has 60 customers in 40 countries. The company said 51% of its users are associated with intelligence agencies, 38% with law enforcement agencies and 11% with the military.

    The NSO Group develops state-of-the-art technology for government agencies to identify and prevent a wide range of local and global risks, according to the company's website. Our products help government intelligence and law enforcement agencies use technology to address the challenges of encryption to prevent and investigate terrorism and crime.


How much does it cost to buy a Pegasus?

Pegasus is sold with a spyware license. What the price will be depends on the deal between the company and the buyer. One of his licenses could cost Rs 70 lakh. Many smartphones can be tracked with one license. According to 2016 estimates, only 10% of people who use Pegasus spy. The NSO group charged a fee of about Rs 9 crore. According to the 2016 price list, the NSO group charged a customer ફી 650,000 (approximately Rs 4.84 crore) for hacking 10 devices. Apart from this, ,000 500,000 (approximately Rs. 3.75 crore) was taken separately for installation.


How Pegasus works

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    According to cyber security research group Citizen Lab, hackers use different methods to install Pegasus on a device. In one of these ways, an 'exploit link' is sent to the target device via a message. When a user clicks on this link, Pegasus is automatically installed.

    When Pegasus was installed through WhatsApp in 2019, hackers took a different approach. At the time, hackers took advantage of a bug in WhatsApp's video call feature. The hackers made video calls to the target phone from a fake WhatsApp account. In the meantime a code was installed in the Pegasus phone.

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