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Apple sues Israeli spyware firm NSO Group for Targeting iPhone Users

Apple is suing Israeli spyware company NSO Group and its parent company for allegedly targeting iPhone users with a hacking tool.

NSO’s Pegasus software can infect iPhone and Android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos, and emails, record calls, and stealthily activate microphones and cameras.

The NSO Group said its tools were designed to target terrorists and criminals. But it is also said to have been used by activists, politicians, and journalists.

NSO Group says it only ships Pegasus to military, police, and intelligence agencies in countries with good human rights records.

However earlier this month, US officials placed the company on a trade blacklist, saying the software had “enabled foreign governments to conduct transnational repression, which is the practice of authoritarian governments targeting dissidents, journalists and activists”.

This action from Apple follows criticism from other tech firms including Microsoft, Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook), Google-owner Alphabet, and Cisco System.

Apple in a blog post announcing the California lawsuit said it wanted to hold NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies “accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users”.

“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,” it said.