How to tell whether your iPhone or iPad has Pegasus spyware infection

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Illustration: Mary Long (Shutterstock) – In other situations, it’s sufficient to have a message on your device to install the malware.

Spyware on Smartphones and tablets, and especially on iPhones or iPads, is not usually straightforward to install. However, spyware Pegasus is an exception. In July 2021, scientists learned that the cellphones of several journalists, activists and politicians were infected by Pegasus.

The fact that the user needs to do nothing to activate Pegasus makes it so mortal. In other situations only a message is received and is sufficient to install the spyware. Once installed, the device and its data are available to the hacker.

Pegasus is a targeted software, of course. And Apple probably has a patch with the iOS 14.7.1 upgrade (if not officially).

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But if you want to discover if your Pegasus malware is now operating your iPhone or iPad, then you can now find a simple solution. The software’s free version 2.14 has integrated iMazing, a third-party iPhone and iPad management utility.

Connect your iPhone or iPad and unlock your device once you download iMazing software on your Mac or PC. Select the iMazing app and the “Spyware detection” option. Select your device.

Screenshot: Khamosh Pathak

Then follow the directions on the wizard three times to download the required data and agree to the conditions by pressing the “Next” button. To start the procedure, click on the “Start Analysis” button.

The iMazing software will download information, back up your iPhone or iPad and begin spyware analysis. This may take a bit – it took about thirty minutes to make the backup during testing. After the backup is done, iMazing will prompt you to enter and work the backup encryption password.

iMazing scans data that might take 5-10 minutes on your iPhone or iPad. Upon completion of the analysis, iMazing will provide the results easily read. We had nine warnings following our check for instance but no evidence of spyware or malware infestation were found.

Screenshot: Khamosh Pathak

The first step is to not panic, when your gadget gets infected. It might be wrong, and the test could just be running again. You may also email the report for additional examination to the iMazing customer service staff.

And when a good result is achieved, particularly if you or your family is politically engaged in ways that might put you at danger in your nation, iMazing recommends you to switch off your device immediately and remove the SIM card. You can also root out the infection—whether that involves restoring from a previous backup, analyzing it, or washing your whole data off the device and starting from scratch.