US Blacklists Israeli Spyware Company NSO Group

The United States on Wednesday added the Israeli spyware company NSO Group, the makers of the Pegasus spyware to its “entity list,” for acting “contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the US”.

“The United States is committed to aggressively using export controls to hold companies accountable that develop, traffic, or use technologies to conduct malicious activities that threaten the cybersecurity of members of civil society, dissidents, government officials, and organizations here and abroad,” explained U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo

The move against NSO was started by a global Pegasus Project consortium composed of 16 other news organizations worldwide who presented evidence of Pegasus’ use against journalists, politicians, and activists.

All companies placed under the entity list are banned from all exports from the U.S.including any type of hardware or software.

Aside from NSO, another Israeli firm, Candiru was added to the list for similar offenses while Positive Technologies from Russia, and Computer Security Initiative Consultancy PTE. LTD. Singapore was also added for selling hacking tools.

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