Apple is suing Pegasus developers for allowing governments to spy on iPhone users

Apple yesterday filed a lawsuit against Israel’s NSO Group and its parent company to hold it accountable for surveillance and attacking Apple users. The manufacturer also demands a permanent ban on the use of any Apple software, services or devices by the NSO Group.

NSO Group are the creators of the famous Pegasus – an effective tool for user surveillance sponsored by many countries. Pegasus allows you to track specific groups of users on platforms such as iOS and Android. Over the last few months, we have known many confirmed stories of spying on journalists, activists, opponents, scientists or important people in the country using Pegasus, which is considered the most effective software of this type.

“State sponsored companies like the NSO Group are spending millions of dollars on advanced surveillance technology with no accountability for their actions. That has to change,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of software engineering. “Apple devices are the most secure consumer hardware on the market – but private state-sponsored spyware development companies are becoming increasingly dangerous. While these cybersecurity threats affect only a very small number of our customers, we take any attack on our users very seriously and are constantly working to strengthen iOS security and privacy to keep all of our users safe. “

Apple has sued Israeli makers of the Pegasus spy tool for surveillance and attacking Apple users and is demanding a ban on the use of Apple devices by the NSO Group. Apple also commits to notify users of any state-sponsored attack on users.

Spyware has been used to attack a small number of Apple users around the world with dangerous malware and spyware, according to documents filed in court. Apple’s lawsuit seeks to prohibit the NSO Group from further harming people through the use of Apple products and services. “Mercenary spyware companies such as the NSO Group have facilitated some of the world’s worst human rights violations and international repression by enriching themselves and their investors,” said Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. “I applaud Apple for bringing them to justice for their abuses, and hope this will help Apple bring justice to all who have fallen victim to the reckless behavior of the NSO Group.”

The NSO Group dedicates enormous resources and nation-state capabilities to launching highly targeted cyber attacks allowing access to microphone, camera and sensitive data on Apple and Android devices. Pegasus was exploiting the already patched FORCEDENTRA vulnerability. Attackers created Apple IDs to send malicious data to the victim’s device – allowing the NSO Group or its clients to deliver and install Pegasus spyware without the victim’s knowledge. Apple’s servers, while misused to deliver FORCEDENTRA, have not been hacked or compromised during the attacks.

Apple has informed users that may be the target of FORCEDENTRY. Whenever Apple detects activity that is consistent with a state-sponsored spyware attack, Apple will notify affected users in accordance with industry best practices.

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