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Apple sues NSO Group over spyware claims

Apple has filed a lawsuit against the Israeli NSO Group holding it accountable for circumventing iPhone security mechanisms in order to surveil Apple users via its Pegasus spyware.

NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware came into limelight earlier this year in July, when Amnesty International revealed that it was used to spy on journalists and human rights activists worldwide.

This was followed by a further revelation by cybersecurity threat researchers at Citizen Lab who found evidence of surveillance on iPhone 12 Pro’s of nine Bahraini activists, through an exploit that evaded the latest security protections in iOS 14 known as BlastDoor.

“State-sponsored actors like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technologies without effective accountability. That needs to change,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

Cyber-surveillance research

Citizen Lab had accused the NSO Group of using two zero-click iMessage exploits, including a ...

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