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Remember Pegasus? Apple just sued them, here’s why it’s important for India

The American multinational technology company, Apple on Tuesday sued Israel’s NSO Group, the firm responsible for developing Pegasus spyware. In a blog post, the tech giant announced the lawsuit against NSO to hold it accountable for targeting Apple users.

As per Apple, NSO Group has created more than 100 fake Apple ID user credentials and carried out its attacks. It also said that its servers were not hacked however the Israeli firm misused and manipulated the servers to carry out its attack in India.

Apple sues Israel’s NSO Group

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi said that the state-sponsored actors like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technologies without effective accountability and it needs to change.

He further added that Apple devices are the most secure consumer hardware on the market, however, the private companies developing state-sponsored spyware have become even more dangerous.

Craig further informed that these cybersecurity threats only impact a very small number of Apple users but they take any attack on their users very seriously. The company is constantly working to strengthen the security and privacy protections in iOS to keep all Apple users safe.

In September 2021, Apple had released a fix in iPhones that allowed NSO’s spyware to infect smartphones without users even opening any malicious link or message.

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The Pegasus spyware is designed to access the camera, microphone, gallery, and other data on both Apple and Android devices. It was originally identified by a research group at the University of Toronto, Citizen Lab. Allegedly, Pegasus can also infect phones without even any action from the user and without leaving any trace.

Earlier, the United States blacklisted NSO and restricted exports from American groups over claims that the firm enabled foreign governments to conduct transnational repression.

In other news, the Apple HomePod Mini smart speaker, which was only available in white and black colours, is now available in three different colour options.

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