Apple sues NSO Group for spying on iOS users with Pegasus

Manzana has filed a complaint against NSO Group, known for the development of Pegasus spy software and that, as noted in Muycomputer, is used to attack and monitor users of mobile devices, both with Android and iOS operating systems. The company, which has also sued the parent company of NSO, alleges as a reason for the lawsuit that the creators of this spyware have been spying on users of iOS computers and that it wants to “prevent further abuse and harm to its users.”

NSO Group, which for a few weeks has been on the blacklist of companies drawn up by the United States, developed Pegasus thinking of having governments and government agencies as clients of the tool. And some have bought the software, mostly countries known for violating human rights to spy on journalists and opponents, putting them in danger.

The Apple Vice President of Software Engineering Craig FederighiRemember that iOS devices are very secure, but recognize that companies like NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated tools to crack Apple’s security system. That is why they have filed this lawsuit, to try to end these practices, although as in the case of NSO Group they affect a few tens or hundreds of users.

As noted from Cupertino, Pegasus spyware is capable of allowing hackers to access the microphone, the camera and other sensitive data on Android and iOS devices. Attackers use fake Apple identifiers to send malicious data to a victim’s device to install Pegasus without the affected user being aware of it. Of course, Apple on the one hand confirms that users of smartphones and tablets with iOS have been spied on, but on the other it wants to make it clear that the attackers have not been able to access their servers. In addition, he points out that with iOS 15 they have made many security improvements, among which is the BlastDoor mechanism, responsible for protecting user messages.

The company emphasizes that «Although NSO Group spyware continues to evolve, Apple has not observed any evidence of successful remote attacks against devices running iOS 15 and later.«. For this reason, it asks its users to update their devices if they are compatible with this version of iOS. On the other hand, the company has also announced a donation of 10 million dollars to various researchers and activists in favor of cyber surveillance.

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