Apple Corps has filed a lawsuit against Israeli spy agency NSO and its parent company for targeting iPhone users with spyware.
NSO’s Pegasus software can infiltrate iPhone and Android devices. The software operator can extract text messages, pictures, and emails from the device. They can also record calls and operate the camera and mic on the devices.
The NSO says the software was created to target criminals and extremists.
But it is important to note that social activists, politicians and journalists have been accused of spying on Pegasus software.
The NSO panel says the Pegasus software is only available to the country’s military, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies, which have a historically good human rights background.
It is worth noting that US officials blacklisted the NSO group earlier this month.
Microsoft, Meta (Facebook), and Google have criticized Apple over the Pegasus affair. Following that, Apple is currently suing the NSO team.
Apple has stated in a blog post that it wants to hold NSO and its parent company, OSY Technologies, accountable for targeting and spying on Apple users.
Apple has stated in the lawsuit that the NSO panel will impose a permanent ban on the use of any Apple software, Apple service or Apple devices to prevent further harm to Apple users.
The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District Court of California in the United States. In the lawsuit, Apple claims that NSO devices were used in a worrying way in 2021 to target and attack Apple users, and that US citizens were being spied on by NSO spy software on mobile phone devices, which may have crossed the border.
Apple also claims that the NSO team created more than 100 fake Apple IDs to attack Apple users.
Apple’s servers were not hacked during the NSO attack, but the NSO team said Apple had misused and diverted its servers to attack users.
To top it all off, Apple has said it will donate the proceeds of the lawsuit, including $ 10 million to cyber surveillance research teams, including the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which first discovered the Pegasus attack.
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