Pegasus case: Apple launches lawsuits against Israeli firm NSO

Posted on Nov 23, 2021, 8:05 p.m.Updated Nov 23, 2021, 8:16 PM

New episode in the global Pegasus affair. A few months after the shattering revelations of a consortium of 17 international media on the spy software Pegasus, manufactured by the company NSO, Apple is stepping up to the plate. The apple brand announced on Tuesday that it had filed a complaint against the Israeli start-up, and asked the court to definitively ban NSO’s programs on its devices and services.

This summer, NSO found itself exposed after investigations published by a consortium of 17 international media outlets. These revealed that the Pegasus cybersurveillance program would have made it possible to spy on the numbers of journalists, politicians, activists or business leaders from different countries, including French President Emmanuel Macron. Accusations that the company denies.

“In the consumer electronics market, Apple devices are the most secure, but companies that develop spyware on behalf of states have become even more dangerous,” said Craig Federighi, vice-president. president of Apple, responsible for software. “Even though these cybersecurity threats affect only a small number of our customers, we take all attacks against our users seriously,” he continued.

In September, Apple had to urgently repair a computer flaw that Pegasus was able to exploit to infect iPhones. This even without users having to click on trapped links or buttons, the technique usually used.

NSO in turmoil

Placed at the beginning of November on the American blacklist, the Israeli company is accumulating difficulties. NSO Group must indeed face the concerns of its creditors. The company had to review its IPO plans in particular, these having been postponed to 2023, at the earliest. Indeed, although NSO Group is also the publisher of drone detection software and victim search software after a natural disaster or an attack, 60% of its revenues are now linked to the Pegasus software. .

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This delay before a possible IPO is also seen as a new time to clarify the regulations on this type of software considered as weapons. NSO thus complains of paying for these competitors established in tax havens. The group likes to recall that it sells its technologies to 45 states, but refused to sell them to 90 other less desirable countries.

Avec AFP

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