WEST BANK (Dispatches) –
Apple has filed a lawsuit against the Zionist regime’s company NSO Group over the use of its Pegasus spyware to attack Apple users.
The lawsuit is the second of its kind by a private company, after Facebook sued NSO Group in 2019 for targeting its users on WhatsApp, and represents a growing trend among U.S. tech companies attempting to curb the use of Zionist spyware across their platforms.
“State-sponsored actors like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technologies without effective accountability. That needs to change,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said in a statement.
“While these cybersecurity threats only impact a very small number of our customers, we take any attack on our users very seriously, and we’re constantly working to strengthen the security and privacy protections in iOS to keep all our users safe.”
In addition to holding NSO accountable for targeting Apple devices, the California-based tech giant also wants to permanently prevent it from using any Apple software, services or devices.
Such a move could potentially render the company’s Pegasus spyware product worthless, given that much of its business is to give clients full access to a user’s Apple or Android smartphone.
“The steps we’re taking today will send a clear message: in a free society, it is unacceptable to weaponize powerful regime-sponsored spyware against those who seek to make the world a better place,” said Ivan Krstic, the head of Apple security engineering and architecture.
After filing its lawsuit, Apple also announced that it would provide assistance, as well as donate $10mn, to Canada-based Citizen Lab and other groups working to combat digital surveillance.
In July, Amnesty International, Forbidden Stories and a group of international media organizations revealed that Pegasus spyware had been used in hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials, human rights activists and political leaders. The investigative group revealed it had acquired a list of 50,000 phone numbers that appeared to be targets identified by the Zionist company’s clients to be spied upon using Pegasus.