US and Israel at loggerheads over spyware

2021-11-03 21:32:13
US and Israel at loggerheads over spyware

The United States and Zionist regime are at loggerheads over a spyware produced by an Israeli firm.

The Joe Biden administration has blacklisted Israeli firm accusing the technology company of developing and supplying spyware to foreign governments “that used these tools to maliciously” target a range of actors, including journalists and activists.

In a statement on Wednesday, the US Department of Commerce said NSO Group was among four firms being added to its Entity List of companies considered to be engaged in activities contrary to US foreign policy and national security.

NSO Group sparked outrage from rights groups earlier this year after an investigation by international media outlets revealed the firm’s Pegasus spyware was used by security forces and authoritarian governments in several countries.

The Entity List, which incurs US trade restrictions, includes the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei.

NSO Group and another Israeli firm, Candiru, were added because their spyware has “enabled foreign governments to conduct transnational repression, which is the practice of authoritarian governments targeting dissidents, journalists and activists outside of their sovereign borders to silence dissent”, the department said.

“Such practices threaten the rules-based international order,” it added.

NSO Group said it was “dismayed” by the US decision and vowed to advocate to reverse it.

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