Pegasus is a software used by government agencies of multiple countries, which allows to take control of almost any smartphone. For this purpose, it is sufficient, for example, to receive a message sent via WhatsApp messenger. Pegasus is software marketed by the Isreali company NSO.
According to the Niebezpiecznik website, journalists from the Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International have obtained a list of 50,000 personal phone numbers from around 40 countries that were targeted by Pegasus.
Unfortunately, Pegasus has not been used only for fighting criminals, the obtained list includes journalists, activists, businessmen, academics, government officials and lawyers that are inconvenient for individual countries.