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Apple Tuesday continued NSO Group, an Israeli company that sells software to government agencies and law enforcement agencies that allows them to hack iPhones and read the data they contain, including a messages and others communications.
Earlier this year, Amnesty International said to have discovered recent iPhone models apparetrieving journalists and human rights lawyers who had been infected with the NSO Group malware called Pegasus.
Apple seeks a permanent injunction to ban the NSO Group from using the Apple software, services or devices. He is also seeking damages in excess of $ 75,000.
Apple views the lawsuit as a warning to other spyware vendors. "The actions taken by Apple today will send a clear message: in a free society, it is unacceptable to arm powerful, state-funded spyware against innocent users and those who seek to take over the world. best. "Ivan Krstic, Apple Chief Engineering and Security Architecture Officer, said in " a tweet .
NSO Group software allows attacks, including from often governmentsrains who pay a hundred million dollars to target and attack a tiny fraction of users with information of particular interest to NSO customers, "Apple said in the lawsuit in Northern District of California federal court , claiming it was not "ordinary consumer malware.
Apple also said on Tuesday that it fixed flaws that allowed NSO group software to access private data on iPhones using "zero-click " attacks where malware is delivered via text message and leaves little trace of infection.
Pegasus users can monitor remotely the activities of the iPhone owner, collecting emails, text messages and browsing history, and accessing the device's microphone and camera, Apple alleged in its action in justice.
Apple said the attacks only targeted a small number of customers, and said on Tuesday that it will notify iPhone users who may have been targeted by the Pegasus malware.
"To deliver FORCEDENTRY to Apple devices, attackers created Ap ple ID to send malicious data to a victim's device - allowing NSO Group or its customers to deliver and install Pegasus spyware without the victim's knowledge, "Apple said in his ad. "Although misused to run FORCEDENTRY, Apple servers were not hacked or compromised in the attacks.
NSO Group is accused of using "0day " bugs to create its spyware, or flaws that Apple has not yet fixed. Once Apple fixes an exploit, it's not a day 0 anymore and users can protect themselvesr by updating their iPhone software.
Earlier this year, Amnesty International said it found evidence of a hacked iPhone 12 and obtained a pulped list of 50,000 numbers phones targeted by the NSO group software. NSO Group's software is allegedly "used to monitor relatives and people close to Jamal Kha shoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was killed in Turkey by assassins working for Saudi Arabia.
Amnesty International also said it discovered NSO Group malware on the iPhones of a French human rights lawyer, French activist, Indian journalist and Rwandan activist.
The US Department of Commerce blacklist of the NSO group earlier this month, banning it from 'use American technology in its operations. Meta , "formerly Facebook, is also separately suing NSO Group , alleging that he helped to hack users of WhatsApp, subsidiary of Meta.
Apple said it will donate $ 10 million along with all lawsuit damages to organizations focusing on combating digital surveillance.
"Thousands of lives have been saved around the world thanks to NSO Group technologies used by its customers," a spokesperson for NSO Group said in a statement. "Pedophiles and terrorists can operate freely in tech havens, and we are providing governments with the legal tools to combat it. NSO Group will continue to advocate for the truth.