Pegasus is a tool developed by the Israeli company NSO Group that allows you to spy on Android and iOS mobile devices. Officially, the tool was to be used only to fight terrorists and dangerous criminals. However, a few months ago it was revealed that the government was actually using him to spy on inconvenient activists.
How Pegasus worked was originally determined by Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto – the software used the ForcedEntry exploit, which was used to infiltrate Apple devices through a secret vulnerability (it was already fixed in the new iOS 15) ..
Apple sues NSO Group – Pegasus software developers
Apple has filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group and its parent company to prosecute it for surveillance and attacks on users of Apple devices – the manufacturer wants to ban further use of its products and services.
The lawsuit also seeks to remedy NSO Group’s flagrant violation of federal and state law as a result of its efforts to track down and attack Apple and its users.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of software development, commented on the matter with the following words:
Government-funded companies like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on advanced surveillance technology without effective accountability. This has to change. Apple devices are the most secure consumer equipment on the market, but private companies that develop government-sponsored spyware have become even more dangerous.
Although cybersecurity threats affect only a very small number of our customers, we take every attack against our users very seriously and are constantly working to strengthen the security and privacy of iOS to ensure the safety of all our users.
Apple has confirmed that it has informed a small number of users who may have been targeted by the ForcedEntry exploit. This action also applies to other detected spyware attacks.
Apple to support cyber surveillance organizations
Apple praises Citizen Lab and Amnesty Tech for their pioneering work in detecting cyberspace abuse. However, this is not empty talk – the manufacturer announced that it will donate $ 10 million, as well as damages resulting from litigation, to research and human rights organizations in the field of cyber surveillance.
No! Apple will support Citizen Lab scientists at no cost by providing technology, threat and technical assistance information. Where appropriate, such assistance should also be offered to other organizations working in the field of cyber surveillance.