The rise of cybersecurity threats has increased in previous years. Back in 2021, America saw multiple hacks of meat and oil resources cause mass chaos. During mid-2021, things got so bad that people had to be told not to put gas fuel into plastic trash bags.
Amid the growth of cyber hacks and other similar attacks, businesses and others are being advised to make the necessary adjustments. For companies, this means having cybersecurity protections in place that prevent malware, trojan horses, and other similar attacks.
Unfortunately, in the case of elected officials getting their phones hacked, these cyber attacks may worsen before they get better.
A Dangerous, Rising Trend
Over the years, officials in Britain, France, Spain, and other places have suffered phone hacks; the same has also been true for American diplomats.
At least some of the hacks have been traced to a form of spyware known as Pegasus. This Israeli software is somewhat of a double-edged sword, though.
Not only has it been used to hack into elected officials’ phones, but it’s also a vital asset for stopping terrorists, drug lords, pedophiles, and other very serious offenders.
Some of the impacts of Pegasus infecting a device include tracking, microphones/cameras being unknowingly turned on, and even unwarranted access to sensitive data.
Some governments have taken action to ban this spyware entirely; however, different versions of it tend to materialize in these instances.
No End in Sight?
Multiple governments around the world keep struggling to defend themselves and their officials against Pegasus. However, the very nature of this spyware makes safeguarding against it easier said than done.
The Israeli software has been discovered to target various loose holes in the systems of both Android and Apple’s IoS. On top of this, some government officials around the world want to keep the plus sides of Pegasus without having to deal with the drawbacks.
NSO Group, the company behind Pegasus, has been targeted and slammed by multiple governments as a result of various hacks.
In turn, NSO Group argues that American phone numbers aren’t susceptible to this software; however, the same does not apply to American citizens who are using international phone numbers.
All things considered, the world has a way to go before Pegasus ceases to be a thorn in officials’ sides.