I just received an email in my spam folder saying I had been infected with Pegasus. After a few searches, it looks like Pegasus is a multi-million dollar toolkit used by Israelis and others to compromise phones.

Can pegasus infect a computer?

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    "Could they edit the from field to make it look like I'm sending emails?" -> yes, but there countermeasures like SPF, DKIM etc for that. Most likely, you've received a piece of spam that was sent to millions of random strangers on the Internet. Movements between bitcoin wallets can be traced but this more within the reach of law enforcement that ordinary people. Note that criminals often get caught by mixing funds between "legit" (in their name) accounts and ransom accounts.
    – Kate
    Commented Jul 10 at 21:17
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    Yes, spoofing the sender is trivially easy. You received a plain ol' basic vanilla spam email. We try to keep posts to one question, so I removed the bitcoin question, and it doesn't matter because you won't pay it, right? And If you wanted to trace the wallet, the police should be doing that, not a private citizen. What pegasus does is easily looked up: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_(spyware)
    – schroeder
    Commented Jul 10 at 22:27
  • thank you both. i miss the good ol days where vanilla spam was a nigerian prince asking you to commit fraud
    – floor cat
    Commented Jul 10 at 23:41
  • This sounds like a victim-selecting evolution of 'sextortion' security.stackexchange.com/questions/195063/… and security.stackexchange.com/questions/209051/… Commented Jul 11 at 0:02
  • @dave_thompson_085 i don't know what that means
    – floor cat
    Commented Jul 11 at 0:17


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