CEO of Blacklisted Spyware Firm Quits

CEO of Blacklisted Spyware Firm Quits

The newly appointed chief executive officer of Pegasus spyware maker NSO Group has relinquished his role following the company's recent addition to the United States' Department of Commerce blacklist. 

Isaac Benbenisti was announced as the NSO Group's new CEO on October 31 but had not yet taken the reins of his new leadership position when he handed in his notice. Before his appointment to the top, Benbenisti had served as one of the NSO Group’s co-presidents. 

The resignation was reported by Israeli media on Thursday, with Benbenisti attributing his decision to the Biden administration’s blacklisting of NSO Group last week. NSO Group is yet to comment on their new appointee’s decision to step down.

NSO Group was one of four companies added to the Entity List by the Biden administration on November 3 “for engaging in activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

The other companies were Candiru, which is also based in Israel, the Russian-based Positive Technologies, and Computer Security Initiative Consultancy PTE, LTD., which is based Singapore.

The US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security said in a statement that the four entities were added “on a determination that

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