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US blacklists NSO group: Israeli spyware

The United States is concerned about the risks to national security posed by Israel’s Pegasus program and is taking serious action.

The NSO Group, an Israeli technology company, has been blacklisted by the US government. The infamous spyware maker is said to have acted “contrary to US foreign policy and national security interests.” That message Defender.

NSO’s flagship software, Pegasus, is used by various governments to spy on political opponents, journalists, ambassadors, and clergy. The customer base of the software includes countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Hungary In India.

In July Revealed French non-profit banned stories that many journalists and activists in the country have been hacked by foreign governments. Further phone number French President Emmanuel Macron would have been the target of the spyware.

So now the Israeli company will receive the same treatment in the United States as the Chinese and Russian hackers, and it shares its place on the blacklist.

The culprit is Emmanuel Macron

What are the implications of US muscle rolling for the NSO? The company can no longer purchase computer parts from American manufacturers. Software sales in the United States can certainly be blamed on the NSO.

Meanwhile, the NSO insists that its spyware products are only used by the governments of shadow countries to target dangerous criminals. It is vehemently denied that Emmanuel Macron belongs to that category, according to some Arab countries.

The smartphone becomes a listening device

If a smartphone is infected with Pegasus spyware, the device will actually become a sophisticated listening device. Full conversations and important files such as photos can be sent to the person running the software. You can also listen through the microphone of the smartphone.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in September that his government “did not have much control” over the export of such software. “We’re going to see it again,” Lobid concludes.