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Pegasus is a specific type of spyware that can track calls, read text messages and steal data from devices, as well as implement key loggers and audio capture tools. Its design is commonly attributed to the Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO Group, and surfaced in 2016.
The vehicle of Pegasus is a social engineering scheme known as phishing where the attacker sends a link. When a user clicks on the link, that is used to bring in the Trojan malware with 30-day exploits. The NSO Group is now embroiled in various legal challenges related to Pegasus.
Pegasus remains a prime example of how phishing practices introduce malware to devices and networks.