"Our product is licensed in small scale"
Because nobody used unlicensed software, anywhere, ever.
Israeli spyware firm NSO Group has denied it developed malware that can steal user data from cloud services run by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. The Financial Times reported this morning that NSO's Pegasus malware, which was previously known to be capable of slurping data from a phone handset, "has now evolved …
Call me paranoid, but the prospect of being on the Wrong Side of the Pegasus developers makes me uneasy. If pirate copies of Larry could contain a PC virus thirtysomething years ago, how much more trouble could you be in pirating something that's not a silly game but world-leading malware?
NSO don't seem to be all that fussy about which governments they sell to.
Indeed. There's significant evidence that they're perfectly happy to deal with a wide range of repressive regimes. If the people at NSO Group have any ethics whatsoever, they done a damn good job of hiding it.
A denial by NSO Group is meaningless.
"The Pink 'Un reported that Pegasus is now capable of copying authentication keys of services including Google Drive, Facebook Messenger and iCloud from an infected device"
I don't doubt this at all.
Both Google and Facebook have given application developers access to users authentication tokens and allowed dubious apps to abuse permissions to slurp up victims data for targeted ads for years.
It should come as no surprise that nation-state actors with questionable ethics and a history of human rights abuses would also use similar software to silence dissent and lock up or murder journalists and/or prtotesters.
(I'll leave it to readers to figure out which nation-state actors I am referring to)
"Our products are licensed in small scale to legitimate government intelligence and law enforcement agencies for the sole purpose of preventing or investigating serious crime including terrorism.
Pure BS. This company is willing to work with any rogue government if it pays enough.
Look for instance Uganda: (https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/africa/uganda/): "The rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly were restricted. Journalists and others who criticized the President or his family were arrested, detained and harassed." - Thank you NSO!
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