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Apple sues Israeli spyware company

Apple sues Israeli NSO Group. Pegasus was created by the spyware firm.

Where: United States

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On Tuesday, Apple announced it is suing Israel’s NSO Group in an attempt to block the hacker-for-hire company from breaking into Apple products.

In a complaint filed in a federal court in California, Apple stated NSO Group employees are “amoral 21st-century mercenaries who have created highly sophisticated cyber-surveillance machinery that invites routine and flagrant abuse.”

The NSO Group’s spyware, Pegasus, had previously been used to attack a small number of Apple customers worldwide.

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

Apple also announced it would donate $10 million, along with any damages won in the NSO Group lawsuit, to cyber-surveillance researchers and advocates.

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