Rogue ‘legal’ hacker tried to sell iPhone malware for $50 million

iPhone Hacking

Nearly two years ago, security researchers unearthed what was, at the time, arguably the most advanced piece of mobile hacking software the world had ever seen. The tool in question was called Pegasus and was the brainchild of an Israeli-based security company called the NSO Group. As is often the case, the NSO Group’s business model rests on creating sophisticated software-based exploits and selling them to intelligence agencies and foreign governments.

What made Pegasus unique, if not downright impressive, is that it was built on a whopping three iOS zero-day exploits that gave third-parties the ability to eavesdrop on a target’s phone calls while also keeping an eye on a target’s location, screenshots, photo library, emails, text messages, and more. Further, Pegasus was remarkably easy to install, with the only requirement being that a targeted individual tap on a seemingly innocent link sent via a text message.

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Rogue ‘legal’ hacker tried to sell iPhone malware for million