Apple sues 'amoral 21st century mercenaries' NSO for infecting iPhones with Pegasus spyware
iGiant pledges any damages plus $10m to anti-cybersurveillance groups
Apple today sued NSO Group, which sells spyware to governments and other organizations, for infecting and snooping on people's iPhones.
In a strongly worded filing [PDF] Apple described NSO as "amoral 21st century mercenaries who have created highly sophisticated cyber-surveillance machinery that invites routine and flagrant abuse." Cupertino wants damages and a ban on NSO interacting or interfering any further with Apple services and products.
The Israeli developer's Pegasus spyware is repeatedly used by authoritarian and other hard-line states to infiltrate the phones of journalists, dissidents, academics, activists, government officials, and American citizens to track their every waking move, Apple said.
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