This is a serious privacy issue although perhaps not quite as serious as it first sounds.
Israeli security company NSO is reportedly advertising to governments that its Pegasus software is able to crack encrypted cloud storage, including iCloud, OneDrive, and Google Drive. However, in order for the technology to work, the company would have to have root access to your device. That means in order to install software that gives it control over your iPhone or Android device it needs access to the core subsystems on the device, as opposed to simply downloading a normal app.
Since NSO maintains that it only provides software to government agencies, that means it’s highly unlikely that your device is at risk unless it falls into the hands of law enforcement or an intelligence agency.
Details may be found in an article by Jason Aten in the INC.com web site at http://bit.ly/2SDq6dj.
Categories: Online Privacy & Security