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Apple Sues NSO Group for Spyware Targeting iPhones

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Nov 24, 2021, 8:29 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Apple today filed a lawsuit against NSO Group to "hold it accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users." Apple is also seeking a permanent injunction to ban NSO Group, an Israeli company, from using any Apple software, services, or devices. NSO Group creates spyware and other surveillance technology that allows its customers — including repressive governments around the world — to surveil victims including journalists, activists, dissidents, academics, and other government officials. These focused attacks are aimed at a small number of users, and they impact multiple platforms, including iOS and Android. Apple's legal complaint focuses on a specific exploit for iOS devices called FORCEDENTRY, which was used to break into victims' Apple devices and install NSO's "Pegasus" spyware. To deliver FORCEDENTRY, NSO created over a hundred Apple IDs to send malicious data to victim's devices. The legal complaint notes that creating those Apple IDs requires agreeing to Apple's iCloud Terms and Conditions, which gives the Northern California court where the suit was filed jurisdiction. Earlier this month, the US Commerce Department added NSO Group to its to its red-flagged "entity list".

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