Now Apple Filed a Lawsuit Against Pegasus Owner NSO

The NSO Group has been embroiled in controversy for quite some time now, and the United States has also banned it from participating in international events.

Ankit Awasthi

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Published on 25 Nov 2021 10:49 AM GMT

Now Apple Filed a Lawsuit Against Pegasus Owner NSO
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Lucknow: Technology company Apple has filed a lawsuit against Israeli company NSO Group, accusing it of hacking into the company's users' computers and phones. Apple claims that the Israeli company has violated human rights through the use of cyber-surveillance technology in a lawsuit filed in a US court on Tuesday, according to the company. The NSO Group has been embroiled in controversy for quite some time now, and the United States has also banned it from participating in international events.

The controversy continues

The Israeli company NSO group Pegasus manufactures spyware and claims that it only sells its products to governments and other authorized agencies in the world. For a few months, the Pegasus database leaked 50,000 phone numbers from around the world that were either spying on or spying on others. In this database, approximately 1,000 numbers were associated with the people of India. Since the database was leaked, the Pegasus and NSO organizations have been embroiled in a heated debate.

Apple's statement on the issue

Government-backed companies such as NSO Group, according to Craig Federigi, senior deputy head of software engineering at Apple, spend billions of rupees on surveillance technology with no accountability, and that this needs to be changed. Specifically, the complaint states that the NSO Group's malicious activities have exploited the company's products and customers, causing significant damage to the company's business and reputation.

Apple's demand on the issue

Apple has sought an undisclosed financial settlement in the case, as well as a lifetime ban on NSO's use of Apple servers and devices, as well as the deletion of all data collected so far by the organization. Apple has slammed the Israeli company's claim that no users in the United States were affected by its spyware as a lie. Apple said Pegasus spyware was discovered on the mobile phones of six Palestinian human rights activists, one of whom was a US citizen, according to a statement.

NSO's reply on the issue

In response to Apple's lawsuit, a spokesperson for the NSO Group stated, "The company will continue to advocate for the truth." Children are in the public eye, terrorists can operate comfortably in technological safe-havens, and we provide legal weapons to governments in order to combat these evil forces. The company claims that its products are intended to track down criminals, and the governments that have implemented them have denied any allegations of misuse.

WhatsApp's lawsuit

WhatsApp was granted permission to file a lawsuit against the NSO group by a US court. WhatsApp has accused the Israeli company of targeting California-based servers to gain unauthorized access to 1,400 mobile devices, according to the company.

NSO is banned in The US

The NSO group had been barred from operating by the Biden administration earlier this month. According to the United States government, NSO Group and another Israeli company, Candiru, have been added to the list of companies on the blacklist. There is evidence that these companies developed spyware and sold it to governments, which then used the spyware to spy on officials, journalists, businessmen, activists, and academics, among other people and organizations. The United States will no longer do business with any of these corporations.

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