Apple sues ‘amoral 21st century mercenaries’ NSO for infecting iPhones with Pegasus spyware

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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.

We note that Washington Post columnist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in 2018 on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was said to be under surveillance by NSO spyware.

The software, which can access the microphone, camera, messages, photos, and other sensitive data once on a compromised handheld,

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