"In a free society, it is unacceptable to weaponize powerful state-sponsored spyware against those who seek to make the world a better place," Apple's head of Security Engineering and Architecture Ivan Krstić said as the company filed a lawsuit against Israel-based NSO Group and its parent company for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users with the Pegasus spyware. In its lawsuit, Apple sought a permanent injunction to ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services, or devices, and for the company to delete all information it collected from Apple users. The NSO Group has always maintained that it only sells Pegasus, which allows full remote surveillance of the targets’ phones, to governments for national security purposes. But earlier in July, an international consortium of media organisations revealed that political leaders, journalists, human rights activists, businessmen, military officials, intelligence agency officials, and several…
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