How to find out if your phone is infected with spyware

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Could someone be reading information or looking at photos stored on your smartphone right now without you knowing about it? One app says it can help you find out.

A recent study conducted by Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories shows thousands of phones have potentially been infected with Pegasus spyware developed by NSO Group, an Israel-based surveillance private contractor. Targets of the spyware infection included activists, journalists and politicians all over the world.

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Pegasus spyware infiltrates devices through “zero click” attacks, explained Amnesty International. These attacks are particularly dangerous because they do not require targets to click on links or attachments.
Devices can be accessed as long as those initiating the attack know their phone number and can send them a message or call, Business Insider said of the attacks.

“Pegasus is even more scary because it is invisible and difficult to detect or remove,” said Forbes in a report Sunday. Amnesty International said Pegasus can infect iPhones, including the newest models, even though the company claims its devices are more difficult to hack than others.