New zero-click iPhone exploit used to deploy NSO spyware

Digital threat researchers at Citizen Lab have uncovered a new zero-click iMessage exploit used to deploy NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware on devices belonging to Bahraini activists.

In total, nine Bahraini activists (including members of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Waad, Al Wefaq) had their iPhones hacked in a campaign partially orchestrated by a Pegasus operator linked with high confidence to the government of Bahrain by Citizen Lab.

The spyware was deployed on their devices after being compromised using two zero-click iMessage exploits (that do not require user interaction): the 2020 KISMET exploit and a new never-before-seen exploit dubbed FORCEDENTRY (previously tracked by Amnesty Tech as Megalodon).

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