NSO Group software can record your calls, copy your messages and secretly film you
@Zerush
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People do not realize how little security Smartphones offer. It always gives me goose bumps when I see people so happily carrying out banking, administrative and even medical procedures with these ‘so comfortable’ apps in the Store, for more convenience even using public WiFi at McDonalds.

@lorabe
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Having that said, you’re not gonna be spied on with this particular virus/service, because it’s quite expensive, it’s a couple of millions per victim.

In that sense, GAFAM and legal surveillance capitalism are more concerning.

@null_radix
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I think you can say that about most operating systems. The problem with cell phones is that ppl are quite promiscuous with installing apps and OS doesn’t proved strong sandboxing.

@Zerush
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True, but in general on a PC you have infinitely more options to protect against virus and hackers than on a mobile. Any mediocre hacker is capable of hacking into most people’s mobile in a matter of seconds. In both Android and iOS, security is a matter of faith.

@TheAnonymouseJoker
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This malware is not too hard to protect against. There have been two kinds of exploits it uses, one of which being missed Whatsapp voice call which I think has been patched.

The main one is a URL sent via SMS, which you do not have to click.

So basically, the malware takes advantage of bad OPSEC and bad IT 101 practices on the user targets.

@ganymede
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out of interest, how would that hostile SMS URL work with those SMS preview things alot of mobile SMS messaging implementations use?

@TheAnonymouseJoker
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Disable preview or use clients that allow to disable or cannot preview. QKSMS works just fine for me.

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