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Summary: Apple’s lawsuit against NSO Group for surveilling, targeting its users with Pegasus spyware

The lawsuit sheds new light on the exploits used by the surveillance company to deliver the spyware.

"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 others were targeted by the Pegasus spyware. Read: Pegasus Spyware: All The Latest Facts On Who Was Targeted, The Modus Operandi, And More While Pegasus was used to target both iPhones and Android devices, researchers were able to find more evidence of the spyware on iPhones because of the auditable logs that iOS maintains, Amnesty International’s Security Lab, which analysed many of the targeted phones, said. What does Apple argue in its lawsuit? A. Apple provides market-leading security to its users iPhone are highly personal devices and Apple keeps it as secure as possible: "Apple designed iPhone with the knowledge and intention that it would be a highly personal device"…

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