Apple Sues “State-Sponsored” Spyware Firm NSO Group
Apple has become the latest tech giant to sue Israeli spyware developer NSO Group, in a bid to hold it accountable for targeted attacks which compromised users' devices.
The Cupertino-based firm said it was taking legal action “to prevent further abuse and harm” to users of its products and would be seeking a permanent injunction banning NSO Group from using its products and services.
Apple said that NSO Group used the ForcedEntry exploit for a now-patched iOS bug to install its Pegasus spyware on the devices of targeted journalists, activists, dissidents, academics and government officials.
“NSO Group and its clients devote the immense resources and capabilities of nation states to conduct highly targeted cyber-attacks, allowing them to access the microphone, camera, and other sensitive data on Apple and Android devices,” Apple claimed.
“To deliver ForcedEntry to Apple devices, attackers created Apple IDs to send malicious data to a victim’s device – allowing NSO Group or its clients to deliver and install Pegasus spyware without a victim’s knowledge. Though misused to deliver ForcedEntry, Apple servers were not hacked or compromised in the attacks.”
Interestingly, the Apple notice lays the blame for such attacks squarely at the feet