California (QNN)- Apple Inc said on Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against Israel’s cyber firm NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users with its Pegasus spyware.
The complaint provides new information on how the Israeli firm infected victims’ devices with its Pegasus spyware.
“To prevent further abuse and harm to its users, Apple is also seeking a permanent injunction to ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services, or devices”, the American giant tech said.
The state-supported firm developed Pegasus 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”, Federighi said.