Does today’s emergency cybersecurity updates have anything to do with another emergency update 2 weeks ago?
… while checking the device of an individual employed by a Washington DC-based civil society organization with international offices, Citizen Lab found an actively exploited zero-click vulnerability being used to deliver NSO Group’s Pegasus mercenary spyware.
I first mentioned Pegasus last year in this article. There is quite a bit of history with it. Basically, Pegasus is a highly potent malware/spyware developed by an Israeli company called “NSO Group”. It is used extensively by state-sponsored actors to spy on prominent people, terrorists, and criminals. NSO Group is a highly controversial organisation because authoritarian regimes have misused Pegasus to violate human rights.
Citizen Lab called this method of delivery of Pegasus “BlastPass”.