Arsen Babayan: How authorities infect victims’ phones with Pegasus spyware

Panorama, Armenia
Nov 27 2021

Arsen Babayan, a member of the opposition Homeland Party Board, reflected on the Pegasus spyware attacks targeting Armenia’s opposition.

"There has been much talk recently about the well-known Pegasus software. The authorities, as you know, have spent millions of dollars to use a super-powerful and most inhumane cyber-weapon against opposition figures,” he wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

“The authorities infect the phones of the victims using the Pegasus software through:

1. An ordinary phone call. Even if you don't answer that call, using the operator, the Pegasus software is installed on the phone. It cannot be uninstalled even if the phone is completely formatted.

2. An ordinary test message. No matter whether you click on the message or just delete it, as soon as you get the SMS, that's it, the phone is infected.

3. The same actions outlined in the first and second points are performed through WhatsApp,” Babayan said, adding all the information is available on the international media and on Google.

“Incidentally, there is no real antivirus or any other program to fight against this. But it is 99% possible to protect yourself,” he said, promising to further elaborate on the matter in the future.

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Arsen Babayan: How authorities infect victims’ phones with Pegasus spyware

Panorama, Armenia
Nov 27 2021

Arsen Babayan, a member of the opposition Homeland Party Board, reflected on the Pegasus spyware attacks targeting Armenia’s opposition.

"There has been much talk recently about the well-known Pegasus software. The authorities, as you know, have spent millions of dollars to use a super-powerful and most inhumane cyber-weapon against opposition figures,” he wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

“The authorities infect the phones of the victims using the Pegasus software through:

1. An ordinary phone call. Even if you don't answer that call, using the operator, the Pegasus software is installed on the phone. It cannot be uninstalled even if the phone is completely formatted.

2. An ordinary test message. No matter whether you click on the message or just delete it, as soon as you get the SMS, that's it, the phone is infected.

3. The same actions outlined in the first and second points are performed through WhatsApp,” Babayan said, adding all the information is available on the international media and on Google.

“Incidentally, there is no real antivirus or any other program to fight against this. But it is 99% possible to protect yourself,” he said, promising to further elaborate on the matter in the future.

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