In the Pegasus attacks on Catalans, a new iPhone typing error was used

Citizen Lab has discovered another iPhone hacking tool used by NSO to spread their Pegasus malware. In Catalonia, Spain, the recent campaign focused on politicians, activists, and journalists. Citizens of Catalans Injured by iPhone Zero-Press Citizen Labs discovered the weakness of the new iPhone used in “CatalanGate,” according to information in their latest report. In 2019, they saw a Pegasus malware attack targeting users in the area. However, recent tests show that the attack took place between 2017 and 2020.

The malware is the devices of many Catalan Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), legislators, journalists, judges, activists, and members of civil society. According to the figures, the researchers identified 63 different people affected by this period. Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, i’ll tell ya.

Recognized as “HOMAGE”, this vulnerability affects an iMessage-zero component and only applies to iOS versions later than iOS 13.1.3 and earlier than iOS 13.2. (The latter may have fixed the bugs.) Along with HOMAGE, the attacks also exploited the previously known “KISMET ‘flaw. But that’s not all – researchers also found another spyware, Candiru, which targets some bodies Catalan.So that exceeds the total population associated with Pegasus or Candiru, or both, to 65.

For Candiru infections, the attacks took advantage of two enhanced vulnerabilities in the Windows Kernel (CVE-2021-31979 and CVE-2021-33771). Following this search, Lab Citizen informed Microsoft about the case. As a result, Microsoft saved two daily bugs with the July 2021 Patch Tuesday updates, finally fixing all affected Windows programs. Citizen Lab shared information about the surveillance situation in Spain, in particular, against Catalans, in the report.

To carry out the attack, the attacks targeted the victims through hacking and malicious SMS messages. Either way, since the attack does not require user input, it is difficult for the victim to escape the infection.

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