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Apple sues NSO Group and its spyware Pegasus



Apple sues NSO Group and its spyware Pegasus

Apple he decided to sue the NSO Groupthe Israeli surveillance company that makes it Pegasus spyware. The company ended up in the news this summer. Its spy software, which was supposed to be used only to control terrorists and criminals, was instead used to spy on journalists, activists and spies. Apple wants the court prohibit NSO Group from using Apple software or devices in future.

Apple sues NSO Group and its Pegasus spy software

NSO Group produces state sponsored surveillance technologies, then commissioned by state actors. In particular, he created the Pegasus spyware, which allows you to monitor activities on a smartphone by sending the extracted information. The company said it only supplies this product to allied nations and international agencies to monitor international terrorists and criminals. But instead they also used it to spy on journalists, activists, dissidents, academics and government officials.

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Craig FederighiApple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering explains: “State sponsored actors such as the NSO Group invest millions of dollars in sophisticated surveillance technologies without proper accountability. This situation must change “.

The strict Apple also defends the security of iPhones, which however cannot block even such specific attacks. “Apple devices are the safest consumer hardware on the market, but private companies developing state sponsored spyware have become increasingly dangerous. While these cybersecurity threats only affect a very small number of customers, we take every single attack seriously to our users and we are constantly working to enhance the security and privacy protection functions in iOS to protect all of our users. “

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Apple has provided the court with new information on FORCEDENTRY from NSO Group, an exploit for a vulnerability now patched. Through this vulnerability, Pegasus was able to attack the iPhones of activists and journalists. In addition, Apple will offer contribution of $ 10 millioni, in addition to any damage resulting from the legal action, to organizations of researchers and activists working to combat cyber-surveillance.

You can read more in detail the position of Apple at this address.