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Apple sues the developer of Pegasus – software for jailbreaking iPhone

Apple applied to the court with a statement of claim against the Israeli software developer NSO Group Technologies with the aim of holding the company accountable for the creation and distribution of Pegasus software that allows you to jailbreak iPhones and spy on their owners. Apple also intends to secure a permanent ban on the NSO Group from using its devices, services and software products.

Image Source: Daniel Bone / Pixabay

Image Source: Daniel Bone / Pixabay

Apple said in a statement that the NSO Group has created sophisticated technology that allows users to spy on mobile devices using Pegasus spyware. It is noted that the attacks target a small number of users of iOS devices. According to reports, the NSO Group sells Pegasus software to the governments of several countries, after which it is used to spy and harass journalists, activists, officials, and others.

“Government-sponsored entities like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technology without effective reporting. This needs to be changed. Apple devices are the safest consumer hardware on the market, but private companies that develop government-sponsored spyware have become even more dangerous. Although these cybersecurity threats affect a small fraction of our users, we take any attack against our users very seriously and are constantly working to strengthen the security and privacy of iOS to keep all of our users safe. “– said Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of software development.

At the same time, Apple praised the work of Citizen Lab and Amnesty International, which found evidence of Pegasus being used to hack users’ iPhones around the world. Apple has donated $ 10 million to support these and other anti-cyber-tracking organizations. This amount will later grow by the amount that will be received in the course of legal proceedings with the NSO Group.

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