Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker NSO Group for Targeting its Users

Apple filed a lawsuit against NSO Group and its parent company to hold it accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users, a statement from the company read. (Reuters)

Apple is also seeking a permanent injunction to ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services, or devices, a statement reads.

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  • Last Updated:November 24, 2021, 00:04 IST
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Apple sued spyware maker NSO on Tuesday for targeting the users of its devices, saying the Israeli firm at the center of the Pegasus surveillance scandal needs to be held to account.

“Apple today filed a lawsuit against NSO Group and its parent company to hold it accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users. The complaint provides new information on how NSO Group infected victims’ devices with its Pegasus spyware. To prevent further abuse and harm to its users, Apple is also seeking a permanent injunction to ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services, or devices,” a statement from the company read.

Pegasus infiltrates phones to vacuum up personal and location data and surreptitiously controls the smartphones microphones and cameras. Researchers have found several examples of NSO Group tools using so-called zero click exploits that infect targeted mobile phones without any user interaction.

Tech giant Facebook is currently suing NSO Group in U.S. federal court for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced it is putting new export limits on Israel’s NSO Group, the worlds most infamous hacker-for-hire company, saying its tools have been used to conduct transnational repression.

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