Want to download Pegasus and check it out? Version 5.1 for the Android mobile system has just appeared on GitHub.
Surveillance system Pegasus this is a topic that has practically never been removed from the pages of websites, or the front pages of newspapers, and even less so from television news programs in recent weeks.
With its help, many politicians, lawyers and businessmen were to be tested. In Poland, the unofficial list includes, among others, Roman Giertych, Ewa Wrzosek and Krzysztof Brejza.
Pegasus found its way to GitHub
However, there is a chance that in Pegasus it will soon cease to be so effective. American Security Expert – Jonathan Scott – published an Android application on GitHub in version 5.1. This was reportedly provided to him by the VXUnderground group, which specializes in malware collection and research. It was validated by Recorded Future, a company dealing with security issues.
Pegasus Spyware Sample 5.1 Live Nowhttps: //t.co/CQvylEVf2L
Fully Executable APK
– Jonathan Scott (@ jonathandata1) January 2, 2022
The expert published the application because he wants analysts around the world to have the opportunity to investigate the malicious code of Pegasus. In doing so, he wants to halt the program, or at worst, slow down its performance and development. Will it be possible? We’ll see that in the future, but the code look might be a turning point.
Chinese pegasus, not Israeli?
Providing the application code on GitHub reveals interesting information. Until now, we were all convinced that Pegasus was founded in the Israeli company NSO Group. However, there are comments in Chinese in the code. In addition, the program connects to the Chinese technology servers of Tencent. This could raise doubts as to the program’s 100% Israeli origin.
Pegasus was bought by Poland for PLN 25 million. As reported by Gazeta Wyborcza, the money came from the Victims’ Aid Fund and Post-penitentiary Aid for 2017, that is, to put it bluntly, from Zbigniew Ziobro’s Ministry of Justice.
Deputy Minister Michał Woś was to submit an application for allocating PLN 25 million from the Fund for “other measures aimed at preventing crime”, which was finally approved. The application did not mention the name of Pegasus at any time, or any reference to the surveillance system – but GW has no doubts what it is about.
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