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Apple sues Pegasus spyware developer: What you need to know

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It's a doozy of a digital spying case. Security researchers have revealed evidence of attempted or successful installations of Pegasus, software made by Israel-based cybersecurity company NSO Group, on 37 phones belonging to activists, rights workers, journalists and businesspeople. They appear to have been targets of secret surveillance by software that's intended to help governments pursue criminals and terrorists.

Now Apple has sued NSO Group, seeking to bar the company's software from being used on Apple devices, to require the company to locate and delete any private data its app collected and disclose the profits from the operations. "Private companies developing state-sponsored spyware have become even more dangerous," Apple's software chief, Craig Federighi, said in a release Tuesday.

Pegasus has been a politically explosive issue that's put Israel under pressure from activists and from governments worried about misuse of the software. France ...

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