Apple sues ‘Pegasus’ spyware creator NSO Group for attacking iOS users

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Apple on Tuesday announced that it has sent a lawsuit against NSO Group, which is known for developing the advanced spyware “Pegasus” to attack and surveil users of iOS and Android devices. The company claims that it is suing the creators of the spyware to “prevent further abuse and harm to its users.”

Pegasus was developed with governments and law enforcement agencies in mind, since the NSO Group does not sell the spyware to regular users. Still, most of the countries that have purchased Pegasus are known to violate human rights, which puts multiple people like journalists and political opponents in danger.

Apple’s vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi reinforces that iOS devices are extremely secure, but he acknowledges that companies like NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated tools to crack Apple’s security system. Now the company expects to put an end to this with a lawsuit.

Apple devices are the most secure consumer hardware on the market — but private companies developing state-sponsored spyware have become even more dangerous. 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.

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