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Apple filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against NSO Group, the company responsible for the Pegasus spyware. Apple says the goal is to “hold it accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users.”
NSO Group claims Pegasus is only used by governments to fight crime, but there are accusations that it’s being used it to hack the smartphones of activists, politicians, journalists and other individuals.
Apple v. NSO Group: Pegasus gets its day in court
After the Citizens Lab found that Pegasus was being used to surveil dissidents, Apple seeks a court injunction that would allow it to permanently ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services or devices.
“State-sponsored actors like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technologies without effective accountability. That needs to change,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.