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Could an Apple lawsuit mean the end of Israeli cybercriminals NSO?

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28.11.2021

This week it emerged that Silicon Valley giant Apple is suing Israeli spyware maker NSO Group.

The creators of the iPad, the iMac, the iPhone and so many other iconic computer products announced that they had filed the suit so as to hold NSO "accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users."

I have covered the issue of NSO and its spyware Pegasus before in this column.

Pegasus is a powerful piece of software used to hack into smartphones. The phones are then effectively turned into weapons against their own users, after being totally hijacked. The phone can be operated remotely and all its contents stolen, even the camera and microphone being switched on at will.

NSO has sold this lucrative hacking service for millions of dollars to some of the world's most oppressive regimes, including Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

While NSO's PR department claims that its services are only used to combat crime and "terrorism," experts have time and time again detected Pegasus on the phones of journalists, dissidents, human rights activists and even politicians.

Apple is not the first US corporation to sue NSO. WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook (now rebranded as Meta) in 2019 launched a lawsuit........

© Middle East Monitor


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